'Livelihoods to Lives' offers free meals to front-line workers

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A newly formed organization in Philadelphia that offers free meals to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis is expanding. Not only does the effort show appreciation for health care workers and first responders, it's also supporting local restaurants.

Philadelphia lawyer Brian Fritz started the effort last month by purchasing meals from area restaurants with his own money and delivering them to places like police stations and hospitals.

From that gesture grew an organization with partnerships, called Livelihoods to Lives.

"When you start doing something positive it's almost like a magnet and it just attracts other people and other things to it to swell a positive movement and that is what we are experiencing now," Fritz said.

Thousands of meals have been provided by the group. The program is also in South Jersey and has expanded into Los Angeles, Cleveland and Boca Raton.

Donations are being accepted.

"There are all sorts of ways to donate," Fritz explained. "They can donate their time. They can donate just to be physically present for support. So they don't necessarily have to donate financially."

More information can be found at their website, or by calling 1-844-BYURSIDE.