In mid-March, Cole Berman ’14 and a group of friends started Fuel the Fight, a campaign to support local restaurants and health workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Fuel the Fight purchases meals from local Philadelphia restaurants and safely delivers them to health care workers at hospitals throughout the greater Philadelphia area.
In two weeks, Berman’s campaign took off, leading to branches operating in New York City, Boston, Mass., Baltimore, Md., Denver, Co., and more. Collectively, the campaign raised $180,000 from more than 2,000 donors in less than a month.
My parents and Haverford taught me the importance of service, whether for your country, your school, or a stranger. I’ve learned the importance of thinking beyond myself and how much a simple act for someone else can help change the world.
“Picking up a delivery at a local restaurant or dropping it off to a nurse or doctor at one of our local hospitals made the COVID-19 fight very real,” said Berman. “Hearing a restaurant owner or chef tell you that this order helped them pay their staff or pay a bill, or delivering food to health care workers who are in the middle of a battle with no end in sight really leads to an emotion that is tough to describe. It’s an experience I’ll never forget and will shape who I am for the rest of my life.”
In the Philadelphia area, Berman and his group of six volunteers delivered more than 25 deliveries and fed more than 2,000 health care workers. The Philadelphia branch received more than $74,000 in donations through a GoFundMe page.
Berman, who also serves as Haverford’s varsity golf coach, noted that his experience at the School influenced him when starting Fuel the Fight.
“Being an alum and a coach at Haverford definitely played a role in leading me to Fuel the Fight,” said Berman. “My parents and Haverford taught me the importance of service, whether for your country, your school, or a stranger. I’ve learned the importance of thinking beyond myself and how much a simple act for someone else can help change the world.”