ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Some heavy lifting went on inside Verde Taqueria on Collier Road, where cooks prepared hundreds of bowls of grilled chicken, black beans and rice.

“Today, we provided 500 meals for the hospitals,” said Scott Carlock, the restaurant’s manager.

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They loaded them up and brought them to Piedmont Hospital in Midtown. There, staff gathered the meals to distribute to medical workers.

“It’s the right thing to do, Carlock said. “People need to eat on the front lines. They’re hungry, they’re working long hours, and we can help them out.”

He said the community has helped them navigate through the challenges restaurants are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All our online to-go orders have been fantastic. We have customers coming in saying ‘Hang in there. We’ll do what we can,” said Carlock.

Local real estate and construction companies Avalon, Buckhaven and Core Property Capital are funding the meals through a GofundMe page called “Feed the Medical Responders.”

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“If we can support them and say ‘thank you’ by providing good nice meals and also helping out our local restaurants, then that was our goal,” said Jared Levitt, the owner of Buckhaven Construction.

As of this afternoon, they’ve raised about $17,000 and they said they hope the community will help them reach their goal of $20,000.

“We’re trying to provide a way to keep some of these restaurants busy, all the while helping out the hospitals,” said Avalon Real Estate Partners Owner Brent Story.

They said they hope this delivery sends a positive message to hospitals and restaurants.

“Just keep your spirits up. There are people in the community that are trying to help,” Story said.

They said their next stop is Emory Hospital.

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