by The Standard | Podcast Dec 10 2020 https://thestandardnewspaper.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/PPHF-Pick-Me-Up-Dec-10th-2020.mp3
DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Hospital Foundation celebrated Giving Tuesday by giving back to Port Perry hospital staff.
On Tuesday, December 1st, the foundation brought the Gangster Cheese Gourmet Food Truck to the hospital parking lot to treat the staff to lunch.
“We knew we wanted to do something, and bringing lunch in is hard for everybody because of the [COVID-19] protocols, because it’s hard for all the staff to sit down at the same time. Then somebody mentioned the idea of a food truck, which we thought was a great idea,” Foundation CEO Rachel Agnoluzzi explained to The Standard. “What made it possible was the community’s support.”
Ms. Agnoluzzi talked about how the food truck owner responded to their request.
“He was gung-ho. He thought it was a great idea. In fact, he even gave us a really amazing price by donating part of his service to it, to give to the staff. So, he was right on board.”
“They [hospital staff] are committed to continue to work hard, and they are doing a great job, but they’re tired like everybody else. It’s their lives, but also their work lives, and it’s every patient they see, the protocols, everything is two or three more steps than it used to be. It’s tiring,” Ms. Agnoluzzi said.
She estimated this initiative served between 90 and 100 staff members. Since the start of the pandemic, hospital staff have had to adapt to changes to the way they do their jobs.