We have an exciting update to share today: Frontline Foods will be joining World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit that uses the power of food to heal and strengthen communities through times of crisis and beyond.
We will operate as a nationwide extension of WCK’s core mission and programs, raising money to support impacted communities and restaurants while also taking action locally as crises arise — whether that be the ongoing pandemic, a natural disaster, or another unforeseen crisis.
Frontline Foods is a grassroots organization that provides food from local restaurants to frontline workers and impacted communities during crises. We started in March 2020 as COVID-19 cases started to climb. During this time, the need to support our local communities also skyrocketed. Across the country, a network of people moved quickly to turn passion for supporting their local communities into action, getting meals from restaurants to frontline workers and impacted communities. This network is the Frontline Foods family. And it extends beyond our volunteers. It includes our donors, restaurant partners, corporate sponsors, community organizations, hospitals, and more.
Over the last few months, it has become a national movement, driving impact in ways we never imagined. Here are some highlights:
- Raised more than $10 million
- Invested those funds back into 1,220 local restaurants
- Served more than 526,000 meals to 1,050 frontline teams
- Thanks to the generosity of 19,000 donors and hundreds of volunteers across dozens of chapters
None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers who took on extra jobs when faced with lockdowns, home schooling and incredible uncertainty. Ryan Sarver and I would like to personally thank each and every one of them. We’d also like to express gratitude to our donors for their trust, to the restaurants we’ve been so lucky to work with for their resiliency and dedication, and the tens of thousands of frontline workers who have not hesitated to answer the call in this crisis and others. We are so lucky to work with all of you.
And we are excited about what lies ahead. We were fortunate to partner early with WCK, which has transformed the field of disaster response to help devastated communities recover and establish resilient food systems. And we are thrilled for Frontline Foods to become part of the organization and for the expanded team to pursue a larger mission.
By joining forces, we will continue to make a meaningful difference when communities need support. Throughout the year, when there are no active crises, Frontline Foods and WCK will partner to sustain our mission through fundraising and capacity building.
Unfortunately, the reality is that crises will continue to happen. As they do, Frontline Foods and WCK will show up to support. We’ve seen time and again: we are stronger together. Let’s put that to work.