Detroit Lions coach, players show pride for those tackling COVID-19

April 10, 2020
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DETROIT – Thanks to the Detroit Lions Inspire Change initiative, Henry Ford Hospital employees will enjoy a variety of lunch options being brought on site to the hospital campus on Monday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I have incredible respect for the men and women in our medical community working tirelessly to help those currently fighting COVID-19. The sacrifice they’re making is truly heroic. Thank you to the multiple restaurants and local food trucks who are partnering with us to provide meals to the amazing staff at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. I think about the doctors, nurses, and support staff at all of our local hospitals every day and I commend them for their relentless pursuit to help those most in need,” said Matt Patricia, head coach of the Detroit Lions.

Five food trucks are scheduled to serve up a variety of hot and delicious lunch choices for hospital employees who have been working to provide care on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The trucks will be parked in a designated area on campus, near the helipad, where they will dish out lunch offerings to hospital staff. A safe environment will be provided to ensure that social distancing is maintained while employees enjoy the mobile culinary offerings.

The mobile lunch service is made possible by the support from the Detroit Lions Inspire Change initiative, a program launched by Patricia, Lions players and Martha Firestone Ford, team owner and chairman, following the 2018 NFL season. This year, the initiative will invest nearly $600,000 in financial support through grants to nine Metro Detroit organizations.

Visit Inspire Change for more information on how the Detroit Lions initiative is providing support through scholarship funding, social-educational programs and medical aid/health assistance.

MEDIA NOTE: Coach Patricia and players will not be in attendance or available for interviews. Video and photos of the event will be made available to news media. Please be advised that any media planning to cover the event must provide and wear their own masks and honor social distancing.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sal Giacona / 313-421-9108 / sgiacon1@hfhs.org