Rogers, Bell and its subsidiary Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), along with Scotiabank and Tangerine, have announced its plan to deliver up to 10,000 meals per day to frontline healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 in Toronto, Ontario.
Operating out of Scotiabank Arena, the meals will be delivered daily to local hospital workers and community agencies. The arena has turned into one giant kitchen to prepare and assemble meals by MLSE chefs and food and beverage employees. Scotia Plaza will also be opened to support this meal plan for frontline workers as well.
“Scotiabank Arena normally serves as a gathering place for fans to be entertained and cheer on their teams, but today, as the world deals with the overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our arena will serve as a place for people to come together and support our community when it is most in need,” said Michael Friisdahl, President & CEO of MLSE, in a statement.
Other partners donating or contributing to the initiative include Sobeys, Sysco, Maple Lodge Farms, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Maple Leaf Foods, McCain Foods, Unico/Primo, Mars Wrigley, Coca-Cola, Weston Foods and Pinnacle Caterers.
“I want to thank MLSE and the other partners involved for stepping up and supporting our frontline healthcare workers, their families and community organizations across the city. This is a great initiative by a great organization that is a dedicated member of the Toronto community,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory, in a statement.
Delivery of meals will happen five days a week, with hundreds of thousands of meals expected over the next few weeks for hospitals and other local agencies.