How companies are helping NYC healthcare workers during coronavirus

Posted On Thu, March 26, 2020 By

Posted On Thu, March 26, 2020 By In City Living, Features, Restaurants

Photo by Luis Melendez on Unsplash

While most New Yorkers are working from home or finding ways to entertain themselves while indoors, our health care community is on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, with many pulling double shifts and working seven days a week. More telling of this community’s dedication to helping others is the fact that as of yesterday, 40,000 retired or non-working health care professionals had volunteered their services if the need should arise, including physicians, nurses, and other specially trained individuals. Today, that number has grown to 52,000. To show gratitude for this heroic community, many companies are stepping up to the plate, offering free meals, lodging, transportation, and even footwear. Ahead, 6sqft has begun compiling a list of the resources available to NYC’s front-line responders.


The much-loved salad chain is delivering free, fresh salads and bowls to hospitals in the cities they serve, which includes NYC.

Just Salad
Another popular salad chain, Just Salad, has partnered with Mount Sinai Health System to deliver 10,000 meals a week to seven hospitals in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The build-your-own pizza chain has launched the Hero Pies program, where individuals can donate funds to cover the cost of production and delivery of free pizzas to hospital workers.

Pizza vs. Pandemic
The pizza delivery app Slice has teamed up with Slice out Hunger and Pizza to the Polls on this new initiative that allows people and businesses to make a donation to the nonprofit Slice out Hunger. They will then use 100 percent of this money to purchase pizzas through Slice, which will then be delivered to groups of workers at hospitals, clinics, shelters, etc.

The coffee mega-giant is offering free coffee to front line responders through May 3 at all its worldwide locations.

Feed the Frontlines
A project of Tarallucci e Vino restaurant group founder Luca Di Pietro, this initiative allows New Yorkers to purchase meals that are distributed for free to hospital workers.

Krispy Kreme
Beginning Monday, March 30 (National Doctors’ Day) and continuing for each subsequent Monday through May 6-12 (National Nurses Week), Krispy Kreme is giving all healthcare workers a free dozen of its original glazed doughnuts.

Uber Eats has committed to donating 300,000 free meals to first responders and healthcare workers in the US and Canada.


The Four Seasons New York
Located on East 57th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, the Four Seasons New York is providing free hotel rooms for doctors, nurses, and medical personnel for overnight stays or as a place to rest between shifts.

St. Regis Hotel
Located at 55th and 5th, the St. Regis Hotel is providing its facility for non-critical care patients or medical personnel.

The Plaza Hotel
On the southeast corner of Central Park, the iconic Plaza hotel is providing its facility for non-critical care patients or medical personnel.

Room Mate Grace Hotel
On West 45th Street, this hotel is providing its facility to serve as free housing for nurses, doctors, and medical personnel.

Wythe Hotel
In Williamsburg, the Wythe is offering free hotel rooms through April for nurses, doctors, and medical personnel.

The home-share company launched a new global initiative that will provide free or subsidized housing for healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders with the goal of helping to house 100,000 workers. Hosts can opt in to provide homes that follow new cleanliness protocols.


Uber Health is offering discounted rides for front-line health care workers.

Citi Bike
In partnership with City Hall and the DOT, Citi Bike launched its Critical Workforce Membership Program, which provides the first-responder, healthcare, and transit workforce with a free month of Citi Bike membership. Operator Lyft is also prioritizing valet resources and stepping up disinfecting at stations directly adjacent to hospitals that have already seen significant ridership during the crisis. These include:

  • 1st Ave & 68th Street: Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • 1st Ave & 16th Street: Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • 1st Ave & 27th Street: NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
  • 1st Ave & 30th Street: NYU Langone Health
  • 10th Ave & 59th Street: Mount Sinai West

Electric moped service Revel is offering free membership to health care workers and has expanded its service to major hospital centers in Brooklyn, Queens, and Upper Manhattan. These new service areas include Elmhurst Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In Manhattan, they include:

  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • The Javits Center
  • Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System
  • NYU Langone Tisch Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Rental car company Hertz is providing free vehicle rentals–for a week, up to a full month–to New York City healthcare workers through April 30, which they can pick up at 19 local locations. They are also supplying free cargo van rentals to the Mount Sinai Health System to transport ventilators and other medical supplies.

Jet Blue
The airline is providing free flights for healthcare workers coming to help with the efforts in New York.


The favorite footwear of many health care professionals is stepping up to donate up to 100,000 pairs of shoes to health care workers across the country through their newly launched “A Free Pair for Healthcare” program.

The comfy sneaker company has already donated $500,000 worth of shoes to the healthcare community, and they are continuing to offer special pricing on donation bundles where customers purchasing a pair of shes for themselves can also donate a pair.

For ways to personally get involved in COVID-19-related volunteer opportunities, visit the city’s official page

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