MCC Members join with other community partners to promote awareness about resources to combat the effects of COVID-19.
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COVID-19 SPECIAL REPORT
A Presentation of the Maywood Chamber of Commerce.
MCC urges everyone to STAY HOME and SAVE LIVES.
Welcome to our COVID-19 Information and Resource Page
The Maywood Chamber of Commerce is concerned with how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our members and the residents of Maywood. We are committed to supporting our Members, and the community at-large by providing information that may help our constituents to make informed decisions. We are especially proud to partner with the Proviso Partners for Health, by sharing their April Newsletter with our Members.
We are also pleased to share some information provided by Loyola, regarding the use of over-the-counter pain relievers for individuals battling the virus.
MCC is pleased to share the following information from Proviso Partners for Health
Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) is a community driven, multi-sector coalition promoting community health, health equity, and transformational systems change in the Proviso communities of Maywood, Bellwood, Broadview, and Melrose Park.
PP4H Responds to Community Food Access Emergency
Proviso Partners for Health (PP4H) and VeggieRx are providing fresh produce and dry goods free of charge to Maywood residents impacted by COVID-19.
VeggieRx is PP4H’s signature Food Justice program that supports distribution of free fresh produce and other healthy foods to the Proviso community and has been in operation since 2018.
PP4H expanded VeggieRx in mid-March to respond to the growing need among food insecure Maywood residents, especially vulnerable older adults, individuals who are immunocompromised, and residents who lost jobs due to the COVID-related economic crisis. (Learn more and DONATE Here)
The expanded PP4H VeggieRx program provides free of charge 10 lb. bags of high quality seasonal produce, including spinach grown in the PP4H Giving Garden, and aquaponic lettuce from Windy City Harvest.
Additionally, pantry staples are provided, like cooking oil, rice, pasta, and beans. PP4H is also supporting local bakers and restaurants by purchasing fresh bread to include in the bags. PP4H is relying on dedicated volunteers to drive and deliver produce bags to the doorsteps of our Maywood recipients. Much gratitude goes to the Stockyards Brick and Timber Company for providing the space and staff to support our expanded VeggieRx. Also, a big thank you to the Village of Maywood Fire Department Union, whose members volunteer to deliver VeggieRx food bags to our local senior facilities, The Garden House and Maywood Phoenix Homes.
To date, PP4H has distributed a total of 300 bags to over 150 Maywood households, reaching an estimated 450 individuals. Over 50% of these recipients are home-bound seniors. The expanded VeggieRx program has adapted and continues to provide food to our community, without skipping a week due to the COVID-19 crisis!
Do You Need Food?
If you or someone you know needs food, please sign-up online at bit.ly/maywoodfood.
If unable to access online form, please call or text 708.397.6012. Signing up gives our team the information we need to confirm eligibility.
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION with people you know, especially those who do not have access to the internet.
An increase in need means more money is needed. We have started the PP4H VeggieRx Fund to raise money to expand and meet the emergency food needs of Maywood residents. 100% of the money given will be used to purchase fresh and shelf-stable food so we are able to increase the number of families we serve each week.
The PP4H VeggieRx Fund enables PP4H to distribute free of charge to Maywood residents impacted by the unprecedented effects of COVID-19.
We have partnered with coalition member Housing Helpers Inc. to administer the new PP4H VeggieRx Fund, so that your donation will be tax deductible.
COVID-19 Information on the PP4H Website and Social Media
We continue to update this list of links to health information, government information, social service agencies, food security, housing, news sites, and other resources for people and families.
Getting the Facts on COVID-19 and Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
In March 2020, a text circulated among members of Maywood's faith-communities warning against the use of certain over-the-counter pain relievers, if exposed to COVID-19. MCC asked Loyola Medical, Maywood's leading health facility, to respond to the warning. MCC is pleased that Loyola Medical responded, and pleased to share their response with all of our members and the public at-large. Please read and share with everyone you know.
Below is an excerpt from the text that was circulated through Maywood’s health community:
"Information from Vienna’s laboratory studying COVID-19 say vast majority of people who died had ibuprofen/Advil in their system so do not take it!! Those who recovered did not take ibuprofen so if you have symptoms, take Paracetamol only!!! Looks like this virus thrives on ibuprofen so don’t do it and tell everyone you can!!! Please pass this information on to everyone in each family. I don't want to miss anyone so share as much as you can. Or copy and paste! I just spoke with my friend who is a nurse at VGH (Vancouver) and they just learnt that Advil makes the virus 10x worse. Tylenol ONLY for the time being. She said Advil kickstarts the virus into pneumonia. She also said they are not releasing the correct number of cases on the news and they have patients coming in everyday and some currently on ventilators. Soon they won't have enough room in the hospitals to treat patients."
Below is the response provided by Jennifer Koehler, Loyola University Health System