Aurora Restaurant provides 1K vacation meals for healthcare staff

AURORA, IL – Reuland Food Service in Aurora will deliver 1,000 hot meals to health care workers in the coming weeks after relaunching the hugely successful Feeding the Frontline initiative.

Starting Thursday, Reuland Food Service is delivering oven-roasted chicken, garlic potatoes, and a vegetable vegetable – or a vegetable lasagna – to employees at Rush Copley Medical Center, AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center and Advocate Health Care locations in the area, co-owner Ryan Reuland said.

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The restaurant on 115 Oak Ave. donated nearly 10,000 packed lunches to first aiders, hospitals and health care facilities in the spring. But Reuland said he and his staff wanted to provide “something more reassuring” to those health care workers who “expose themselves daily” while caring for patients.

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Amid a huge spike in coronavirus cases and hospital stays in the region in recent weeks, many healthcare workers cannot even spend time with their families unless they “work tirelessly,” Reuland said.

“They never got a break, and it seems even more intense now,” said Reuland. “Our main focus was on giving them something special during the Christmas season.”

Meals can be sponsored for $ 10 each, with Reuland Food Service said to donate 5 percent of that money to the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry and the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry.

Reuland Food Service has “been a community-focused business since it opened 65 years ago,” Reuland said, adding that his grandparents taught the family “to help the community whenever they can”.

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For more information or to sponsor meals, visit the Reuland Food Service website or call 630-859-2877.

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