About 200 health care workers at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital and Mon Health Medical Center recently had lunch from Homegrown Pizza courtesy of the Monongalia County Bar Association.
“Obviously with what’s going on, health care providers are needing some community support,” Association Vice President Esha Sharma said. “I don’t think any of us can imagine what it’s like to work in a hospital right now.”
The association, which normally meets monthly for lunch and continuing legal education presentations, raised $1,700 for the meal, she said.
Donations came not just from attorneys, but family and friends, too, Sharma said.
The money was enough to buy food for about 100 people at each hospital. Homegrown Pizza was selected because the association also wanted to support a small business.
Mon Health Spokesperson Emily Gallagher said, “Mon Health Medical Center employees are greatly appreciative of the outpouring of kindness and support from our community. We thank the Monongalia County Bar Association for this kind gesture.”
WVU Medicine was also appreciative of the meal.
“We appreciate the Mon County Bar Association’s donation as well as the outpouring of support we have received from businesses and individuals throughout the community,” a WVU Medicine spokesperson said. “Donations like these help to not only keep our staff well-fed while they work on the front lines of COVID-19, but they also help to keep our spirits high knowing that so many people are in our corner.”
Homegrown Pizza gave a 10% discount on the meal.
“We gave them a 10% discount to thank them for what they were doing for health care workers and to thank the health care workers, too,” co-owner of Homegrown Pizza Julie Pirlo said.
Pirlo and her business partner Scott Shaffer appreciate the association buying lunch from them, she said.