In Oregon, there has been a very beneficial exchange going on. Restaurants have been feeding health care workers, offering them emotional as well as physical sustenance, which is helping to keep the health care workers going when they are exhausted and earning their gratitude. Grants have allowed Oregon Health & Science University, the state’s largest hospital, to pay restaurants for this catering. This funding has been a lifeline to the struggling restaurant industry. “It’s kept the doors open and a small workforce employed. It’s been the most heartfelt catering we’ve ever done," said Kiauna Floyd, owner of Amalfi’s restaurant in Portland.

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