ARLINGTON, Va (ABC7) — A unique initiative undertaken by an Arlington non-profit has raised over $30,000 for local Arlington restaurants while providing meals for nurses and staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) began its "Buy a Nurse Lunch" initiative several weeks ago to raise money for restaurants along Columbia Pike in Arlington, while simultaneously providing meals for nurses and medical staff at the Virginia Hospital Center.
In just two weeks, the organization says that over $30 thousand was raised, providing much-needed revenue for small, locally-owned restaurants on the three-and-a-half-mile stretch of Columbia Pike running from the Pentagon to the Fairfax County line.
The initiative has been such a success that the group says they are expanding the program to include meal delivery to nurses and medical staff at the Arlington Free Clinic, VHC Pediatric Center, and local senior facilities.
If you would like to donate a meal click here.
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