May 27 at M&T Bank Stadium: Total Health Care and UNITE HERE Local 7 Partner to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines, Food Relief for Baltimore Hospitality Workers
Media invited to hear remarks from Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, civil rights leader Ben Jealous, Total Health Care, and UNITE HERE Local 7 as community organizations come together to support a safe return to work for Baltimore’s hospitality workers
Baltimore (May 21, 2021) – On Thursday, May 27 at 11:00 a.m., Total Health Care, one of Maryland’s largest minority-run, nonprofit, tax-exempt community health centers, and UNITE HERE Local 7, Baltimore’s union for hospitality workers, will be offering COVID-19 vaccines and distributing food to City hospitality workers who are unemployed or underemployed due to the pandemic. The event will take place on Parking Lot H at M&T Bank Stadium.
At 11:10 a.m., a press conference will take place featuring remarks from Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, civil rights leader and founder of The Mamie & Jerome Todd Relief Fund Ben Jealous, Total Health Care Chief Medical Officer Marcee White, M.D., and Roxie Herbekian, President of UNITE HERE Local 7. Media are encouraged to arrive by 11:00 a.m. to set-up.
Since March 2020, thousands of hotel, restaurant, and event center workers in Baltimore have become unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While restrictions are easing and businesses are reopening, many servers, bartenders, housekeepers, cooks, bell persons, front desk workers and dishwashers are still laid off or only receiving part-time hours. Others have been unable to secure a vaccine appointment and are hesitant to return to work in a crowded, high-risk environment. At this event, local organizations and community leaders are coming together to connect Baltimore’s hospitality workers – the majority of whom are women, African American, and/or earn less than $30,000 a year – with resources to support their immediate needs, their safe return to work, and their long-term health.
Event attendees will be receiving bags of food – including both non-perishable items and fresh produce – and grocery store gift cards and will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by Total Health Care’s mobile health outreach team. This event is made possible by generous grants from The Mamie and Jerome Todd Relief Fund, founded by Ben Jealous, and funding from the UNITE HERE Support and Education Fund.
Who: Total Health Care, UNITE HERE Local 7
What: COVID-19 vaccines and food distribution for Baltimore hospitality workers
When: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Total Health Care administering COVID-19 vaccines through Mobile Health Outreach Unit
11:00 a.m.: Food and gift card distribution begins. Media encouraged to arrive to set up for press conference.
11:10 a.m.: Press conference with remarks from:
- Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott
- Ben Jealous, civil rights leader and founder of the Mamie and Jerome Todd Relief Fund
- Marcee White, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Total Health Care
- Roxie Herbekian, President of UNITE HERE Local 7
- Jeff Barner, bellman at Hilton Baltimore and Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, representing UNITE HERE Local 7 members
Where: Parking Lot H at M&T Bank Stadium (driving directions attached or available here: http://blogs.baltimoreravens.com/documents/stadium/Directions-To-Lot-H.pdf
Contact: Lindsay Hebert, Devaney & Associates, 443-471-5103, email@example.com
About UNITE HERE Local 7
UNITE HERE Local 7 is the hospitality worker’s union in Baltimore representing more than 3,000 hotel, food service, casino, and event center workers. Local 7 members have successfully improved wages and working conditions through organizing and collective bargaining and also by advocating for public policies that support good jobs and workers’ rights. Last year the union supported successful legislation in Baltimore City requiring hotel employers to recall their workers who were laid off due to COVID-19 as business returns. To learn more, please visit www.uniteherelocal7.org.
About Mamie and Jerome Todd Relief Fund
The Mamie and Jerome Todd Relief Fund was created and named by Benjamin Todd Jealous in honor of his grandparents who moved to Baltimore during the Great Depression. Like many, they supported their families by serving others in hotels and restaurants, where Jerome Todd worked as a unionized dishwasher. After the Great Depression, Mamie Todd would go on to become a social worker and an activist known throughout the City. In these difficult times, the Relief Fund goes towards helping direct relief, helping families in crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, please visit https://secure.everyaction.com/JjrwszMVpUOmnHyxSrJZJg2.
About Total Health Care
Total Health Care is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to caring for everyone in our community – especially those who are most in need. With locations throughout Greater Baltimore, Total Health Care provides for more than 34,000 patients annually – nearly all of whom are at or below the 200 percent poverty line. Total Health Care is one of Maryland’s largest minority-run, non-profit, tax-exempt community health centers. To learn more, please visit www.totalhealthcare.org.
Total Health Care, Incorporated (THC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center. THC is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233 (h).
Total Health Care participates in the federal 340B(a)(4) pharmacy program under the Public Health Service Act.
Total Health Care is a FTCA deemed facility.
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