CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The medical staff at Broward Health Coral Springs was treated Sunday to a lunch of chicken marsala, baked ziti, and other Italian delights – courtesy of an insurance agency owner who wanted to thank them for putting their own health on the line to help others during the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“I wish I could do this every day,” said Shirly Kauffman, as she headed out to pick up dozens of trays of food from Tavolino Della Notte restaurant in Coral Springs.

The owner of Kauffman Insurance Group in Coral Springs decided to spend $700 of her own money to buy lunch for 200 doctors, nurses and other workers at the hospital’s coronavirus, intensive care, and emergency units because she said they don’t get the recognition they serve.

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“All of us should be giving back to people in our community right now,” said Kauffman, 33, an Israeli native who has lived in Coral Springs since she was 9.

And so, Kauffman is doing even more by setting up a GoFundMe page for Coral Springs to support food drives for more front-line workers as well as anyone who is in need of food in the city. She’s teamed up with Mayor Scott Brook who will act as a private citizen in organizing the campaign. They’ve known each other for years through youth flag football and soccer leagues where her son played, and she contributed as a volunteer.

“I think she is an amazing example of the kindness and generosity that exists in our community,” Brook said.

The money raised in the campaign, Kauffman and Brook said, will go to buying meals for police officers, firefighters, staffs at nursing homes and medical facilities, grocery stores, and other essential workers in Coral Spring. Funds will also be used to buy boxes of food for the most vulnerable people in the city.

“This will allow us to give something to people in need during this crisis,” Brook said.

For now, though, Kauffman said it felt good to dropped off the food at the hospital on Sunday, just in time for lunch.

She said the hospital didn’t look busy from the outside but she knew there were many people working inside under intense stress and pressure to keep patients alive. They could use a break and comfort from a hot meal, she said.

“I’m glad I can give back and support our community,” she said.

Update: The GoFundMe page was launched on Sunday afternoon. Click the link here