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Nourish Henrico Provides Food for First Responders

Man and a woman carrying boxes walking into a building
Sandstone Smokehouse employees deliver food to deputies at Henrico county jail. (Photo: Bobby Haller)

Henrico County is feeding its first responders and bailing out the restaurant industry at the same time with a new program called “Nourish Henrico.”

Police, firefighters, EMT’s, sheriff’s officers, mental health and social services, anybody on the front line in the fight against COVID-19, can eat free at almost 80 businesses. County Chief of Staff Cari Tretina says it’s a program where everybody wins : "If we can help a restaurant out a couple of times a day and we can allow one of our first responders or mental  health employees a break in the day to not worry about where they are going to get meals and be able to take a moment in the day.  That’s what it’s all about."

Frontline workers get a $15 credit for one meal on their shift.  The restaurant is reimbursed by the county with money normally set aside for sports tourism which, because of the virus, is unused.

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