If there’s one thing that will long be remembered once the COVID-19 pandemic is a thing of the past, it’s the way communities have rallied around their healthcare workers to show support during such stressful and uncertain times.
Another great example that illustrates how the coronavirus crisis has galvanized residents of Chester County occurred on Sunday, April 26. That’s when Brandywine Catering – with an assist from Exton-based Brumbaugh Wealth Management – provided lunch for the approximately 50 staff members working at Chester County Hospital.
As the food-service industry struggles, and farmers are left to deal with a surplus of food because of a lack of vendors to sell their harvest, Karen Lewis, the chef and owner of the Chadds Ford-based catering company, used local sources to prepare the lunches.
Lewis donated her labor, while Brumbaugh Wealth Management covered the cost of the food – all in an effort to show the hospital’s staff members their appreciation for the critical work they are tirelessly performing.
“We just wanted to do something,” said Lewis, a resident of Thornbury Township in Chester County. “Like everyone else, we’re just trying to help out in any way we can.”
Kim Brumbaugh, the CEO of Brumbaugh Wealth Management, is on the Chester County Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors and is keenly aware of the extraordinary level of care the hospital is providing during this crisis.
“Our firm’s goal in offering to supply meals to our hard-working doctors, nurses, and staff at Chester County Hospital is to support them and thank them for all they’re doing to help our community in this great time of need,” said Brumbaugh. “We’re grateful to Karen Lewis and all the other donors and restaurants that are supporting our great hospital.”
Brumbaugh is also proud to play a role in helping another small business.
“The community is hurting, and we’re going to respond,” she said. “We have funds set aside in our budget that we’re not spending because we’re working from home, so we’re reallocating some resources to help the community. Providing lunches for the hospital staff helps Brandywine Catering, which, in turn, helps the farmers sell food that they might otherwise be discarding due to a lack of demand.”