Meal to Heal was born on March 31st, 2020 from a Facebook post by Laura Margo called "Kindness Post: A Slice Would Be Nice". COVID-19 had been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, schools had been physically shut down and moved to online learning, the government announced a stay at home order, the death toll was rising and Laura was feeling helpless.

After watching CNN, Laura's helplessness turned into inspiration. She saw Frederico Pizzeria in New Jersey talking about how they took out a $50,000 loan to ensure their employees continued to eat during the pandemic. When people heard about what the restaurant had done, they began making hundreds of deliveries a day. People weren’t calling to order food for themselves – the orders were being made to deliver to first-responders. Laura was up all night thinking about the story. She was inspired and intrigued. By midday, she had contacted her local pizzeria, Mulberry's Pizza, her City Councilmember, Dr. Julian Gold who connected her with the COVID-19 Unit Staff at Cedars Sinai and she posted the idea on Facebook to get all of her friends on board!


Before she knew it there were over 133 comments on her post and the restaurant had to start turning people away because they couldn’t keep up with the demand. Laura's next call was to a communications expert for some advice but she was met with "let's make this little idea big!". Within minutes this initiative was named Meal to Heal and the first logo iteration was posted. The Meal to Heal 7-day challenge was pulled together within the blink of an eye and Cedars was thrilled. 


Meal to Heal allows people to buy a meal for Cedars-Sinai Hospital COVID-19 Unit staff members by calling participating local restaurants and requesting a “Meal to Heal.” The meals each cost about $15 and there’s no limit on how many people can order on behalf of hospital staff. Restaurants deliver the meals themselves and each day has a different participating local restaurant. For instance, The Palm Restaurant handled orders on the first Tuesday while Lazy Daisy Cafe had handled them on Monday. Week 2 launched and much like COVID-19, the end is a moving target. Meal to Heal has expanded with coordinators for LA Coastal and South Bay. 

Founder of Meal to Heal,

Laura Margo, is a wife and mom of 3 living in Beverly Hills, California.