Image: Sauce Pizzeria

If you are a doctor, nurse, or some other health professional working on the front lines to curb the COVID-19 epidemic, let me first thank you for your sacrifice and service.

Now on to lunch. As NBC New York reports:

The owners and employees at one Manhattan pizza shop are making pies like their lives depended on it — because they know that other people’s lives probably do.

All of the pizza getting made at Sauce Pizzeria — as many as 400 per day — are going straight to hospitals to feed health care workers pulling 14- or even 18-hour shifts as they remain on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight.

Many of those nurses, doctors, and other medical staffers are so swamped helping patients every single day, many don’t have a moment to spare to grab something to eat.

The article goes on to note that Sauce is delivering from its East Village location to 40 hospitals in all five boroughs — even as far north as Westchester. That should pretty much cover every hospital in the city.

As an sidebar, it should be noted that Sauce owner Adam Elzer’s generosity and caring are contagious. When his landlord, Ben Kraus of A&E Real Estate Management, got wind of what Sauce was doing, he froze the restaurants rent payments for the next three months and donated more than $20,000 to help Adam get more pizzas out to the docs.

If readers would like to show their appreciation for Adam Elzer’s largesse, they can do so either by ordering in food from Sauce, which has three locations throughout the city, or by donating to a GoFundMe page that has been set up to aid Sauce in its noble efforts. So far, close to $28,000 have been collected.