Rosie's to provide 20,000 free meals to Virginia essential employees

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 10:07:15-04

The Colonial Downs Group announced Wednesday that Rosie's Gaming Emporium will provide 20,000 free meals to essential employees in Virginia, including public health employees, first responders and those working to serve the community during the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a release by the company, the "grab and go" meals are being provided in consultation with local officials and businesses serving the public. Rosie's locations in Hampton, Richmond, New Kent County and Vinton will begin offering meals starting April 1, and will start taking orders for pickup beginning March 30.

"We know that so many of our friends, family and neighbors have to be out there every day on the front line of this fight against the coronavirus," said Aaron Gomes, chief operating officer for the Colonial Downs Group. "With our facilities closed, we have the capacity to help them, in our own small way, by using our kitchens to provide free meals to Virginia’s community heroes: the police officers, doctors, nurses, firefighters, grocery store employees and all those who are stepping up to serve their fellow Virginians."

The company also announced that all of its employees will continue to be paid through April, with employee paychecks, paid time off and benefits unaffected.

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