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Local Coffee Shop Delivers to Frontline Workers

Grateful Roast Provides Coffee and Pastries to Local Heroes


Coffee for the Front Line gives healthcare professionals, first responders and essential workers a much-needed boost.

Grateful Roast Café and Coffee Roaster in Nanticoke started a project called Coffee for the Front Line as a way to pay it forward to healthcare workers, first responders and others who are working to keep everyone safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Customers can go to Grateful Roast’s website to purchase coffee and pastries for frontline workers. Once they’ve raised enough funds, Grateful Roast delivers the coffee and treats to locations throughout the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area.

Grateful Roast made their first delivery to the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Labor and Delivery Department on April 22. Their next stop will be the Nanticoke Police Department.

“These are the people who get up each day and put their own health at risk to serve the community. They deserve recognition and a bit of thanks,” said Brian Williams, owner of Grateful Roast.



Grateful Roast has closed their dining area, but they continue to serve food and drinks from their drive-thru window. Still, the café has taken a hit from the outbreak.

“Faced with the fact that ‘business as usual’ is simply not an option, we had to figure out how to support our business while staying true to our mission of being a hub for the community,” Williams explained.

Coffee on the Front Line will provide much-needed sales to the café and a momentary escape for those battling the outbreak.

The project also provides business for Something Special in Kingston, which supplies the pastries. The bakery reopened for takeout on April 22.



To all the healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store workers, and anyone else putting their health at risk to serve the community: this is for you. Send an email to [email protected] to coordinate a delivery to your workplace.

And for everyone at home, Coffee for the Front Line is a great way to support a local business and show our appreciation for NEPA’s heroes. Visit Grateful Roast’s website to purchase coffee and pastries for those fighting to keep us healthy and safe. Whether you pay for a single cup or a whole carafe, every purchase makes a difference.

If you need your own coffee fix, don’t forget that Grateful Roast is open at their drive-thru window. You can also order bags of coffee online and enjoy freshly roasted beans at home.


And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information, visit Geisinger’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

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