Operation BBQ'd Hope Delivering Meals to Workers on the Front Line

Apr 27, 2020

Credit Hands of Hope Foundation

A Southern Illinois  not-for-profit is teaming up with a few local restaurants to help workers on the front line during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 


"We gave away thousands, two van loads of PPE to the local hospitals. Instead of us going and using them, we decided to give them away so it could be here."

Troy Benitone with the Hands of Hope Foundation says he is used to helping people in need. 

So he called six area resturants and now they are coming together to bring meals to those working on the frontline. 

"Tuesday, we'll be going to do our first outreach, we'll be serving over 800 meals at the Marion Heartland Regional Medical Center"

And they're not stopping there. 

"We're going to do the same thing again, over at Herrin hospital"

"then we'll move the following week may 5, all the way to Murphysboro"

"then we finish up at SIH in Carbondale"

All together they are hoping to serve almost four thousand meals. 

But they can't do it alone. 

So they are asking for people to donate. 

"give a gift, whether it's 10, 20,30, 100."

Troy says this is a way for all of Southern Illinois to remind the frontline workers that we are all in this together. 

If you are interested in donating to Operation BBQ'd Hope, head to http://hohfoundation.org/