Fox Marquette provides free lunch to UPHS healthcare workers

MARQUETTE — Healthcare workers across the country have been working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID–19 pandemic.

As cases continue to surge, it appears the fight against coronavirus is far from over.

So, local car dealership Fox Marquette decided to show their appreciation for the men and women at UPHS–Marquette, by treating them to a free lunch.

“We’re all stressed out and kind of fatigued over COVID, and there’s been so much negativity in the news, these folks needed some positive news, something to brighten their spirits,” said Luke Hubbard, General Manager at Fox Marquette. “So we’ve been working back and forth with [UPHS] to figure something out and we came up with this idea a few weeks ago.”

Two staples of the Marquette food truck scene stopped by, offering either a personal pizza or two tacos, all expenses paid.

The gesture is a significant one for the frontline workers, who have been working hard since the beginning of the pandemic.

“It means an awful lot,” said Gar Atchison, CEO of UPHS-Marquette. “The staff here have been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for 10 months, and to know the community appreciates what they’re doing means an awful lot to the frontline workers here.”

“This is just awesome,” added Anne Loman, Clinical Director of the NICU at UPHS-Marquette. “The community support for the staff, working so hard, and they’re tired, and they’ve been dealing with the stressors of a lot. Just a little thank-you from the community does a huge thing to help with their resilience.”

Fox Marquette plans on doing more to thank the healthcare workers, and they encourage other community members to do the same.