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Pasadena Chamber Organizes Donation Campaign to Buy Food for First Responders

Tax-deductible donations will purchase meals from local restaurants for delivery to emergency rooms and urgent care personnel and first responders

Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 | 5:03 am
At left, Armando Ramirez of El Portal plans to deliver Food for First Responders with the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; at middle, wide variety of meals will be delivered to emergency rooms, urgent care facilities and first responders through the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Food for First Responders initiative, including Mediterranean food from Raffi’s Catering; at right, despite closing Celestino Ristorante temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Calogero Drago has donated meals for local first responders through the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. Courtesy photos.

To help those who are facing the Coronavirus head-on, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is raising money through its Foundation to purchase meals from local restaurants for delivery to Pasadena emergency room personnel as well as first responders and urgent care center staff.

The “Food for First Responders” effort will deliver fresh food from local restaurants to emergency rooms, urgent care centers and first responders in our local community.

“This is not an original idea. I saw an article in the LA Times about a similar effort in Oakland and thought this would be a great way to both help the people on the front lines of the COVID-19 Coronavirus response and our local restaurants,” said Pasadena Chamber CEO Paul Little. “It is important for us to let the Emergency Room personnel and everyone who is dealing first-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic understand how much we appreciate them. We are doing this small thing to help them continue with their work.”

The way it works is simple: Donate at or visit and click on the pull down to donate to support Food For First Responders, then click on the link to donate. 100% of the money collected will be used to purchase and deliver food to local emergency rooms as well as first responders and those staffing Urgent Care Centers here in Pasadena.

The Pasadena Chamber will purchase freshly prepared meals locally and have them delivered.

Donations are tax-deductible and will help support those who are keeping us safe and healthy during the crisis, Little said.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce will continue this effort until the COVID-19 Coronavirus Safer at Home orders are lifted.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association is a business service member organization that works to ensure the prosperity of its members through a variety of offerings including referrals, networking, workshops and seminars, events and much more. The Chamber serves 1,450 member companies.

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