Back on March 21st, NYC based stand-up comedian Katie Finn was adjusting to working her day job from home, knowing that many out there were not as lucky. Like many who have family members working in hospitals, she was continuously checking in on her sister Kelly, an ICU nurse at a hospital in the epicenter treating critical COVID-19 patients.
Finn wanted to find a way to help her sister and the other nurses working tirelessly on the frontlines with a peak looming on the horizon. Finn says that after accepting the fact that she could not build a ventilator or uncover a hoarded stockpile of N95 masks, she thought of a simple way she could help, buying lunch.
That day Katie bought lunch for her sister and the other nurses in her ICU unit. The staff thanked her profusely and said having the food there waiting for them during their long draining shifts treating COVID-19 patients was a blessing.
That’s when Finn decided to start Feeding Our Frontlines. She put out a call to friends, family and followers from the NYC comedy community to donate whatever they could so that she could continue to deliver food to frontline workers during the pandemic. She had no idea at the time how much of an impact her call to action would make.
Now six weeks later, her organization has raised over $34,000 and counting. She is continuing to feed thousands of healthcare workers in hospitals throughout New York City and Connecticut. Finn posts video updated weekly on her website that chronicles the growing movement.