Community Foundation and Offerdahl’s Team Up To Feed Health Care Workers

August 26, 2021
Free lunches to say "thank you" to front-line workers arrive at Holy Cross Health on Aug. 20, thanks to a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Broward and Offerdahl's Hand-Off Foundation.

We can’t say “thank you” enough to the hardworking health care workers all across Broward who are helping our community get through this pandemic.

And to remind them of our deep admiration, we are helping provide lunchtime treats to help our front-line heroes refuel for their lifesaving work.

A conversation between Holy Cross Health President/CEO Mark Doyle and Community Foundation of Broward President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson sparked the idea for providing free meals for health care workers as a way to say “thank you.”

So, the Community Foundation reached out to other local hospitals as well as Broward Health and soon the idea for a new health care worker appreciation effort, via free lunch deliveries, was launched.

The Community Foundation has teamed up with Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation – headed by Miami Dolphins great and former Community Foundation Board Member John Offerdahl – to provide delicious food from Offerdahl’s restaurants. Also, a Community Foundation “friend” who wishes to remain anonymous has provided generous support to help make these lunch deliveries possible.

On Aug. 20, the first wave of free lunches arrived at Holy Cross Health, featuring bags filled with an array of sandwiches, fresh-baked cookies, chips and more.

On Aug. 25, workers at Broward Health Medical Center received their own “thank you” lunches.

Additional hospitals, health care clinics, first responders and more are also receiving free meal deliveries from the Community Foundation and Offerdahl's Hand-Off Foundation.

When completed, this exciting, heartfelt collaboration is expected to provide more than 2,000 lunches to local health care workers.

“This is a gesture of appreciation to the thousands of heroes working in health care,” said Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. “We want to express our gratitude to these front-line workers who are helping us get through the pandemic.”

Former Community Foundation Board Member and Miami Dolphin great John Offerdahl (right) helps (left to right) Amanda Kah, Andria Baker and Latoya Jacquett from the Community Foundation deliver free lunches to Broward health care workers.
The Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Fort Lauderdale receives free lunch "thank you's" from the Community Foundation's partnership with the Offerdahl's Hand-Off Foundation.
The Plantation Fire Department enjoys free meals from the Community Foundation and Offerdahl's Hand-Off Foundation, provided as a "thank you" for their service during the pandemic.

“This special lunch provided by the Community Foundation of Broward was the perfect pick me up our staff needed after an incredibly stressful few weeks," said Dr. Ana Calderon Randazzo, Executive Director for Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. "Our leadership team is always looking for morale boosters, and we are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Broward for thinking of our frontline heroes at CDTC.”
Want to help?

To learn how you can make a BOLD impact in your community with a charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at or 954-761-9503.

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