(Pictured: Meal preparation at Addison Reserve CC)
Addison Reserve CC, Quail Ridge CC, The Polo Club of Boca Raton, Delaire CC, Gleneagles CC, St. Andrews CC and Woodfield CC will provide two weeks of dinners for the staff at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla., with each club delivering 200 meals on its assigned day. Menus are being shared among the clubs to ensure there is no duplication, and the hospital staff will get the same complete dinners, including desserts, that club residents receive.
Seven country clubs in Palm Beach County, Fla. have joined forces to provide two weeks of dinners for staff at the Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla., to help its staff cope with the pressure and long hours the coronavirus pandemic has brought.
Beginning Monday, each of the country clubs—Addison Reserve CC, Quail Ridge CC, The Polo Club of Boca Raton, Delaire CC, Gleneagles CC, St. Andrews CC and Woodfield CC—will deliver 200 meals on its assigned day. Menus are being shared among the clubs, to ensure there is no duplication.
The hospital staff will be getting complete dinners and desserts—the same meals that club residents received— in individual, to-go containers.
Addison Reserve CC in Delray Beach, Fla. is starting things off on April 20th, providing dinners that included pulled barbecue smoked brisket with baked beans, corn on the cob, mac and cheese, cornbread, and banana pudding.
“We call it the ‘Adopt a Hospital program,’” said Michael McCarthy, Addison Reserve’s Chief Executive Officer/General Manager. “These people are putting their lives on the line for us. We wanted to make sure that they get a good, hot meal.
“It is not just the doctors and nurses,” McCarthy added. “It is everyone there that deserves our appreciation.”
The initiative started, McCarthy said, after he sent an e-mail asking other area clubs if they would be interested in “adopting” Delray Medical Center. Within an hour, he had commitments from six other clubs.
“Our members have been suggesting that we do something to help Delray Medical Center,” said Kraig Spina, General Manager of Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach. “When this idea was broached, we jumped at it. One of our residents is a nurse there. It is a way of showing our gratitude.”
While McCarthy said he is hopeful that things will calm down during the next two weeks, if they do not, it is possible that the dinner program will be extended. Other country clubs near Boca Regional Hospital are considering a similar program for that facility, he added.
The country club meals will be the single largest food donation that Delray Medical Center has received. “This is such a wonderful thing they are doing,” said Executive Assistant Kathy Rossi said. “We are very grateful.”
Rossi has been busy coordinating offers from area residents to deliver food to nurses and doctors. All day long, she said, people have been dropping off food in the lobby. “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people in the area,” she said.
One of the more touching examples, Rossi said, was when an engaged couple took back the deposit they had given to their photographer to provide snacks to staff.