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Donations will feed workers, homeless, restaurants’ bottom line

CENTRAL WEST END – A good meal is heartening, and that’s doubly true when it’s a gift that expresses appreciation and support.

With donors’ help, health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic here in St. Louis, plus local restaurants struggling to stay in business, will both benefit.

The Central West End Business Community Improvement District has begun a campaign to give restaurant meals to medical workers and to people in homeless shelters throughout the St. Louis area.

“They get a nourishing meal and local restaurants get some much-needed business to keep running and keep their staff employed,” the group said Saturday on its website. On that site, there’s a link to contribute.

The suggested donation is $15 to cover the cost of each meal.

Mayor Lyda Krewson endorsed the effort. She said via Twitter: “This weekend, if you’re able, consider supporting this new program from STLcwescene. You can donate meals from local restaurants to BJC HealthCare front line health care workers and unhoused individuals in shelter at CityHopeSTL.”

The Central West End group promises: “Your $15 contribution will fund one meal for a local healthcare worker at Barnes-Jewish Hospital or someone in need at City Hope STL. 100% of your contribution goes directly to participating CWE restaurants.”

Here is a list of participating restaurants:

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