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Teen works with local restaurants to deliver hot meals to front line workers

Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 16:48:56-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Fourteen year-old Quinn Flaherty has come up with a unique idea to help both restaurant owners and front line health care workers.

She is the first local female Eagle Scout candidate in Western New York, and her BSA Eagle Scout Project is to Fuel the Front Lines.

"We are working with local restaurants to deliver fresh made meals to front line workers. And through donations we pay them for the food they're making so it kind of benefits both the front line workers and the restaurants," she said.

And the first restaurant she partnered with was Toutant.

"To us it was an incredible idea. There's obviously a lot of that going on right now because people feel so thankful for these people doing their jobs everyday and trying to keep us safe," said James Roberts, owner of Toutant.

And by working together, they provided 80 hot meals to the night shift staff at Kenmore Mercy Hospital Thursday.

"We did a smoked turkey with roasted potatoes, and there's a little coleslaw salad on the side with fresh rolls and a cookie," said Flaherty

Flaherty said she initially had a completely different idea for her project, but that all changed when she got sick around Christmas time.

"I had to get COVID tested, and so as we were going through the drive through testing clinic, me and my dad were in the car together, and we looked at each other and we were like, when do you think they ate last? These nurses and doctors?" she said.

"Allowing our food and the things that we really are proud of to then be presented to people who are really deserving and looking for a hot meal," said Roberts.

Flaherty said she continues to work with restaurant owners to help feed more health care workers, and next up are Carmelo's in Lewiston and Saint Mary's Hospital.

A GoFundMe page has been set up here.