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Alumna Liz Field Bernich ’94 VSB Launches FLAG Program to Support Local Restaurants and Fuel Frontline Healthcare Workers

Alumna Liz Field Bernich ’94 VSB launches the FLAG program to support local restaurants and fuel frontline healthcare workers.
Alumna Liz Field Bernich ’94 VSB launches the FLAG program to support local restaurants and fuel frontline healthcare workers. Pictured here are two healthcare workers with food from local restaurants.

In communities across the country, hospital workers and small business owners are facing unprecedented challenges. Liz Field Bernich ’94 VSB came up with a way to help both.

Bernich launched FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group), a movement to support local restaurants by working with them to feed healthcare workers on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. What started with a Facebook post calling her community in Chatham, NJ, to action has now spread nationwide, with more than 70 FLAG chapters in more than 21 states.

Bernich teamed up with Gina McGuire of neighboring Madison, NJ, to create FLAG. In its first two weeks, FLAG has raised an incredible $100,000+ to feed 150-200 nurses, doctors, techs, security guards, cleaning staff and other hospital workers per day in collaboration with local restaurants. So far, FLAG has pushed back $20,000 to local restaurants and served more than 3,000 meals. Bernich said their efforts will continue as long as it is necessary.

Communities seeking to organize their own FLAG chapters and individuals who would like to send a gift certificate or tray of food from their favorite local restaurant to the ICU or ER department of their local hospital can visit FLAG2020.org.

For more stories about contributions from Villanova alumni to the coronavirus pandemic, click here.