DALY CITY, CA — The mission of the nonprofit organization, the Filipino Food Movement, is to preserve and promote Filipino cuisine.
Its members made sure to deliver over 100 delicious meals to the pandemic’s “heroes without capes” — the frontline workers at Seton Medical Center in Daly City.
This was not their first food delivery to Seton nurses and doctors amid the coronavirus crisis — but it was the first time they specifically gave them to workers of the night shift, making sure they’re well-fed to sustain them through the grueling hours.
“What’s really important right now are the frontliners. They are giving us the care. They are sacrificing. This is going above and beyond what they signed up for. And the reason is we don’t have any therapies. We don’t have the vaccine yet and yet they’re always there helping the people,” said Sonia Delen.
The generosity and thoughtfulness of the members of the Filipino Food Movement did not go unrecognized by the medical staff at Seton.
“It’s just unbelievable. Just to think that there are so many people supporting us, loving us, feeding us, taking care of us. It just makes it all so much easier. When we told the night staff last night that there was going to be a meal for them tonight they all cheered,” said Bernadette Murphy.
Seton Medical Center was leased out by California Governor Gavin Newsom in March to expand the number of hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients.
“The night shift works hard. They work hard and I work with them and I appreciate everything our frontline nurses are doing. They take care of people’s families and they don’t look at them. as a number. They look at them as a person; somebody’s mother, somebody’s father, somebody’s sister. They’re family. Our patients are family. We care about them.”
Patio Filipino and Nicks on Grand were the restaurants that provided meals to Seton’s night staff.