Grub with Gratitude Supports Restaurants, Celebrates Healthcare Workers

April 29, 2021

DETROIT (April 29, 2021) – Henry Ford Health System has launched an appreciation and giveback program dubbed Grub with Gratitude that will support multiple restaurants across Michigan that have donated meals to its hospitals and facilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while celebrating its team members for their heroic efforts caring for patients. 

Henry Ford has purchased 500 $50 gift cards from 25 restaurants that will be randomly awarded to its team members from a weekly drawing. The names of 50 team members will be drawn to receive a gift card to one of the participating restaurants.

“We are eternally grateful to our team members who, despite exhaustion from the ongoing pandemic, continue to give their absolute all caring for patients under conditions that we have never seen in our lifetime,” said Bob Riney, Henry Ford's President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer. “This is also an opportunity to show our appreciation and support for our local restaurants who have generously donated food for our team members throughout the pandemic.”

The participating restaurants from Metro Detroit and Jackson area are locally owned and operated and feature a variety of cuisine that ranges from Italian and Polish to Middle Eastern and American. Henry Ford plans to expand Grub with Gratitude adding additional restaurants in the future.

Gift card winners will be randomly selected from a drawing of Henry Ford team members who are nominated by a co-worker or self-nominated. Grub with Gratitude kicks off May 7 with the first drawing and continues for at least 10 weeks.

Customers of the restaurants and the general public can donate to Grub and Gratitude at They also can show their support on social media using #GrubWithGratitude and @HenryFordHealthSystem.


MEDIA INQUIRIES ONLY may contact: Sal Giacona / [email protected] / 313-421-9108

About Henry Ford Health System
Founded in 1915 by Henry Ford himself, Henry Ford Health System is a non-profit, integrated health system committed to improving people’s lives through excellence in the science and art of healthcare and healing. Henry Ford Health System includes Henry Ford Medical Group, with more than 1,900 physicians and researchers practicing in more than 50 specialties at locations throughout Southeast and Central Michigan. Acute care hospitals include Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI and Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, MI – both Magnet® hospitals; Henry Ford Macomb Hospital; Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; and Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

The largest of these is Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a quaternary care research and teaching hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center recognized for clinical excellence in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, and multi-organ transplants. The health system also provides comprehensive, best-in-class care for cancer at the Brigitte Harris Cancer Pavilion, and orthopedics and sports medicine at the William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine – both in Detroit.

As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, Henry Ford Health System annually trains more than 3,000 medical students, residents, and fellows in more than 50 accredited programs, and has trained nearly 40% of the state’s physicians. Our dedication to education and research is supported by nearly $100 million in annual grants from the National Institutes of Health and other public and private foundations.

Henry Ford’s not-for-profit health plan, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), provides health coverage for more than 540,000 people.

Henry Ford Health System employs more than 33,000 people, including more than 1,600 physicians, more than 6,600 nurses and 5,000 allied health professionals.