COLORADO SPRINGS — COSILoveYou has organized a partnership between six local churches and Mission Catering in order to provide free family-sized meals to UC Health Staff over the course of eight weeks.
Over the course of 8 weeks, COSILoveYou will provide 1,600 takeaway meals, feeding up to 6,400 people, with $24,000 injected into the local economy through contracting with Mission Catering.
These takeaway meals provide an additional way for churches partnered with COSILoveYou to meet the needs of the community.
The meals are intended to provide a bit of relief to UC Health employees while also providing much needed revenue to Mission Catering, which is labeled as a social enterprise of the Springs Rescue Mission.
"The great thing about this is that it takes the money, the resources, the support and energy of volunteers who want to help," stated Stu Davis, executive director of COSILoveYou, "[and] it directs them towards a company or business whose bottom line has been suffering and allows them to do what they do to support people who are really over exerting themselves to help our community."
The mission of the catering service is "To create sustaining revenue for SRM programs, train and employ clients/graduate and provide an exceptional dining experience for [their] customers."
The takeaway meal program kicked off on February 10th, with Mission Catering providing 200 fresh-baked lasagnas to healthcare workers.
Each week, for the remainder of the program, Mission Catering will provide 200 fresh meals that can feed families of four.
This is the second major effort in a number of months by COSILoveYou to provide meals to healthcare workers and inject money back into the local economy.
"We just really want to thank our community for all they do for us, for the love, the generosity, the donations," commented Amy Dempsey, special event coordinator for UC Health, "it's so great that they are giving to us and letting us give back to them."
According to COSILoveYou management, matching donations from additional partners should, at some point, allow this program to expand to reach employees at Centura Health.
"If folks walk out of here and they feel like they have one less thing to care for, one less thing to stress about when they get home after a long day, that's all we want to be able to say yes to," finished Stu.
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