After interviewing the owner of Melba’s Restaurant of Harlemon CBS’ 60 Minutes, famed journalist Gayle King teamed up with the renowned restaurateur to provide a thousand meals to essential medical, maintenance and support staff at Harlem Hospital, who have been supporting the Harlem Community throughout the pandemic breakout of coronavirus.
King’s gift came on the heels of a call to action from The Friends of Harlem Hospital Center (FOHHC) requesting support for its COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The meals provided by King came just in time for the Easter holiday during which many essential workers were away from their families, some for weeks. In addition to sustenance for the body, the meals came with encouraging messages for the workers.
In a statement to the press Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Chairman of the Friends of Harlem Hospital Center’s Board. stated “We were pleased to provide meals to strengthen the hospital as the teams work round the clock. The Hospitals’ physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff have been strengthened and encouraged by the support that they have received from people from around the world during this difficult time. Our Providers have been on the front lines delivering services to the community who need and deserve extra care, they deserve our gratitude and appreciation.”
The meals were also a boon to the staff at Melba’s, many of whom had been furloughed after the shutdown began, In a press statement Melba Wilson, the restaurant’s owner said, “It has been a blessing to have Ms. King make such a sizable donation. Her incredible contribution has allowed us to not only bring back recently furloughed employees but also nourish hospital workers who are making the biggest sacrifice, during this time of need.”
To Donate, visit the Friends of Harlem Hospital website at: www.nychealthandhospitals.org/harlem/about-harlem-hospital-center/friends-of-harlem-hospital/