Crowd-Sourcing Campaign Raises Funds To Purchase Food From Struggling San Diego Restaurants To Feed Hospital Staff

March 21, 2020

One local husband of a San Diego nurse is doing what he can to support those on the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus while at the same time helping struggling area restaurants.

"Millions of Americans' daily lives have already been disrupted, and millions more are about to be altered by the fast-evolving coronavirus response from local, state and federal authorities," reads Michael Van Sickler's GoFundMe campaign, which has already raised more than $6,000 to be used to purchase food from local restaurants that will go to feed hospital workers. "As a husband to a nurse here in San Diego who is working on the front lines of this pandemic I feel a need to do my part to help out the nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to contain this virus, treat those ill and keep our communities safe."

All proceeds from the GoFundMe campaign entitled "Refueling San Diego Nurses from Local Restaurants" will be used to support local San Diego restaurants and all food orders will be delivered to healthcare workers on the front lines at area San Diego hospitals. The Van Sicklers have already begun doing restaurant orders and deliveries and so far have fed more than 250 healthcare workers with food purchased from Nomad Donuts and Tribute Pizza in North Park, B-Mo's Sandwich Shop in Pacific Beach, Miss B's Coconut Club in Mission Beach,

"I've been reaching out to some local businesses this morning, and coordinating with my wife who is going to be responsible for actually delivering to the hospital on her off days," explained Van Sickler. "So far I've reached out to Tribute Pizza and Nomad Donuts. I'm trying to split food between mornings, lunches and evenings. I'm also trying to find a local coffee shop that is willing/able to supply a large coffee order as well....but a lot a smaller restaurants are closing and laying off before I can reach them."