Giving Kitchen + MercyMed of Columbus Host Pop-Up Doc on September 21

Providing Free Health Services to Food Service Workers

Food service workers can receive FREE doctor’s appointments and health screenings as well as information about other affordable services at Giving Kitchen’s Pop-Up Doc on September 21, 2020 from 9:00am to 5:00pm at MercyMed of Columbus(3702 2nd Ave, Columbus, GA 31904).GK executive director Bryan Schroeder says, “Hosting a Pop-Up Doc, it’s Giving Kitchen coming to life.

We’re thrilled to be hosting our first of these in Columbus, GA –along with our co-hosts, MercyMed of Columbus –and spread the word that GK is here to help food service workers throughout the state of Georgia.”

Last year at GK’s Pop-Up Docs, GK provided over $50,000 worth of health services to 143 food service workers at no cost. The ability to offer these services is one of the ways GK’s Stability Network program goes beyond financial assistance to not only help people in crisis but also to emphasize the importance of self-care efforts that may mitigate or prevent future crises. With cost removed as a barrier to seek out these services, GK is looking forward to serving as many food service workers as possible at Pop-Up Doc on Sept 21.

Food service workers can expect a range of services including:

•Health Check-ups (by appointment and walk-in)•General consultation + prescriptions

•Blood pressure, temperature, pulse, height/weight for all patients

•Physical Therapy•Mental Health/Counseling

•Flu Shots•COVID-19 testing

Other Services Offered:

•Food Assistance

•Affordable Housing Options

•Follow-up Appointments/Referrals as Needed

•Nutrition Assessments

•and more!

Native Spanish speakers will be on site to assist with translation services.

MercyMed of Columbus exists to provide affordable quality healthcare for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the underserved.

Along with medical services, MercyMed cultivates their own farm where they grow fresh produce for the community to combat food insecurity in the area.

In the words of Billy Holbrook, Chief Development Officer for MercyMed of Columbus, “What Giving Kitchen does is completely in line with our mission. Our hope with this event is that we can provide folks with some medical care but also start a relationship where we can provide primary care to them going forward. I’m motivated by the work we do because there are thousands and thousands of people in our community who are uninsured or under-insured with compounding health issues that we want to intervene. Even before the pandemic, there was a healthcare crisis, especially in our state.”

This Pop-Up Doc will kick start the inaugural partnership between each organization.

Giving Kitchen looks forward to having MercyMed of Columbus become a long-term Stability Network partner.

Says Holbrook, “The restaurant community is pretty tight-knit in Columbus, and they take care of each other. It’s a group of community folks that are really hard-working and they do a tremendous job, and they deserve the best healthcare that anybody can provide them.”

For more information about GK’s Pop-Up Doc, visit

Those interested in volunteering or donating to support events like Pop-Up Doc can visit Giving Kitchen’s support pageor GK’s app.

ABOUT GIVING KITCHEN: Giving Kitchen (GK) is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources in order to create a community where crisis is met with compassion and care, and anyone can be a hero. Since its inception, GK has helped over 6,000food service workers in Georgia. GK’s shift starts when theirs can’t. For more about Giving Kitchen, visit, follow @givingkitchen and download the GK app(available on iPhone and Android). ###GK Brand Guidelines and Pop-Up Doc Photos: and Information Toolkit for Partners: Dropbox

Courtesy: The Giving Kitchen

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