Mobile feeding program and partnership with CINTAS providing multiple tiers of support for front line partners in relief of COVID-19
By Chuck Gibson with Joodi Archer, M25M Development & Media Director/PR Manager
CINCINNATI, OH April 9, 2020) – The Matthew 25: Ministries’ mobile feeding program served lunch to hospital and healthcare workers at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas Tuesday, April 7, and again at the Atrium in Middletown Thursday, April 9, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Matthew 25 Ministries staff members prepare to depart for relief effort (File photo Chuck Gibson)
Members of the mobile feeding team served St. Elizabeth Hospital staff in Ft Thomas from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The mobile Arby’s and Brandicorp trailer served free Arby’s sandwiches to hospital and healthcare workers as a way of caring for those on the frontlines of this crisis. The food service workers are taking all precautions maintaining safe distancing and minimizing contact whlie providing meals during the COVID-19 response.
Matthew 25 Ministries is also working closely with corporate partner CINTAS to provide multiple levels of support to front line partners.
Matthew 25: Ministries, is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization headquartered in Cincinnati, OH. Cintas is the industry leader in supplying corporate identity uniform programs, providing entrance and logo mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning. Together, M25M and Cintas are partnering to provide desperately needed PPE, first aid, safety and hygiene supplies to organizations on the front lines of COVID-19 prevention, containment and treatment. In partnership, they have developed a four-part strategy building on their long relationship and utilizing their many contacts in Greater Cincinnati, throughout the US and internationally.
Matthew 25 Ministries partners with CINTAS to deliver relief support (Photo Chuck Gibson)
Cintas consistently provides Matthew 25 with first aid and safety supplies. These critical supplies play an important role in Matthew 25’s ability to respond immediately to healthcare and other health service providers’ critical need for protective and hygiene products. As Matthew 25 expands and continues their COVID-19 response, Cintas will continue to provide Matthew 25 with essential first aid and safety supplies for distribution to partners locally and across the US.
Additionally, Matthew 25 is making face shields for distribution to healthcare workers. Cintas is donating the labor of its employee-partners to help Matthew 25 make these shields. These shields are in high demand by healthcare professionals locally and around the nation. Increasing production will allow more healthcare workers to add an additional level of personal safety and protectoin during their tireless efforts to care for our sick and at-risk populations.
Cintas is also donating fabric to a factory in Haiti to enable the factory to make tens of thousands of protective masks for distribution to Haitian healthcare and nonprofit organizations in collaboration with Matthew 25 and their Haitian partners.
Finally, Cintas and Matthew 25 will collaborate to provide support for the Duke Energy Center should the Center’s services be required as an overflow hospital facility during the COVID-19 acceleration and peak phases. These supplies could include surgical gloves, protective glasses, masks, face shields, alcohol swabs, disposable clothing and scrubs. Use of the Duke Energy Center as an overflow hospital would indicate that the Coronavirus pandemic has reached a critical level and the demand for these types of products will increase as well.
Matthew 25 Ministires has collaborated with partners to provide needed safety and protective supplies druing COVID-19 response (Provided)
“We are honored to be able to leverage our relationship with Matthew 25 to help support our healthcare workers and others who are on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19,” said Scott D. Farmer, Cintas’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “By working together, we can begin to supply first aid and safety supplies and the protective gear that our communities desperately need, and we are proud to do our part.”
Cintas and Matthew 25 began partnering to care for the poorest of the poor and disaster victims in 1998. To date, Cintas has donated over seventeen million pounds of products including clothing, sewing machines, fabric, linens,
soap, medicine, first aid supplies, household items, personal care items, food, school and medical supplies and building materials to Matthew 25: Ministries. In 2003, Cintas and Matthew 25 began the “Clothe the Kids” program, which has collected over 3 million articles of clothing for children from Cintas partners around the country. Cintas and Matthew 25 have partnered to help victims of multiple natural disasters domestically and internationally.
“Cintas has been a generous and valued partner of Matthew 25: Ministries for more than twenty years,” said Matthew 25: Ministries CEO Tim Mettey. “Their donations of product, volunteer time and finances have played an important part in making Matthew 25: Ministries the organization it is today. Their culture of corporate responsibility and caring for the communities where their partners live and work is exceptional. We are proud to be partnering with Cintas to care for our communities here in Cincinnati, throughout the US and around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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For the most current information on Cintas and Matthew 25: Ministries’ COVID-19 response activities, please check Matthew 25’s website https://m25m.org/disaster/covid19updates/ and follow them on social media.
Matthew 25: Ministries accepts cash, credit card and internet donations for ongoing disaster aid and humanitarian relief programs. For information about Matthew 25’s humanitarian aid and disaster relief activities, please contact Joodi Archer firstname.lastname@example.org.