Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

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.

Related Stories