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MADISON, Wis. – UW Health is grateful for the community support received during this challenging response to COVID-19.


The greater Madison community has provided 7,300 meals to UW Health staff since the Meals for Healthcare Heroes programs started on April 16. Community businesses can sign up to share food, and the meals are provided to staff working in one of our hospital locations.


Since early April, UW Health has received $15,670 in gift card donations through the Pay it Forward for Healthcare Heroes program, which helps coordinate the overwhelming charitable response from our community. These gift cards have been provided to staff working at one of our off-site or clinic locations. Dozens of area businesses have generously shown their support to our staff, a few examples include:

  • Walgreen’s donated personal care kits.
  • David J. Frank Landscaping and Hilldale Mall donated thousands of flowers that were made available for staff to take home.
  • Itsugar donated large bags of candy at Easter.
  • American Girl/Mattel manufactured 1000 face shields.
  • Through Badger Sports Properties and UW Athletics, American Family Insurance provided meals for employees during nurses week.
  • On Thursday local Subway owner Brian Jensen is donating 3,000 sandwiches to staff.


These are just a few examples of the outpouring of community support, and UW Health is thankful for everyone who has donated.


The Meals for Healthcare Heroes program is just one way members of the community can support UW Health’s COVID-19 response efforts. Members of the community who wish to help can also donate to UW Health’s COVID-19 Response Fund to address important needs during this crisis, including:

  • Funds an emergency daycare option for essential staff.
  • Funds the purchase of personal protective equipment.
  • Supports patients and staff experiencing financial hardship during this pandemic.
  • Provides food for our COVID-19 front line caregivers.
  • Meets other emerging needs.

These are only a fraction of the many ways the Madison-area community has helped to support our workers on the frontline. Your continuing generosity allows our UW Health faculty and staff work to keep providing remarkable care to our community through this COVID-19 crisis.


Learn how you can help, or make a donation.  



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Date Published: 05/06/2020

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