Victor Moore told the Telegram he wanted to show his and his team’s appreciation for the frontline workers amid the coronavirus by offering them a free lunch today.

“I’m a giver,” Moore said over the phone on Thursday afternoon. “In a time of need, if you look at others and think about other people’s problems, yours seems a little smaller.”

Moore, 34, owns and is executive director of Progressive Care Services, which is an outpatient mental health and psychiatric clinic at 2747 Sunset Ave. on the northwest side of the city.

Moore said the plan for today is to block off half of the parking area in front of Progressive Care and have a caterer from Raleigh do a cookout under a tent.

“We’re preparing over 400 plates,” Moore said.

Doctors, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, nurses and police officers can stop by after 11 a.m. and pick up a helping of barbecue chicken, green beans, potatoes and coleslaw.

Moore said all the frontline workers have to do is show their respective identification badges.

Moore also said plans are to make sure anywhere from more than 150 to close to 200 of the meals are taken to frontline workers at their respective workplaces.

“I partner with a lot of these people,” Moore said. “We share patients in the community.”

Moore said during this time, there has been an increase in both anxiety and depression.

“So we’ve been doing a lot of crisis calls,” Moore said. “And I see firsthand how hard they’re working because we’re out here working with them.”

Moore said he has been in business for about 11 years, first along the nearby Zebulon Road before relocating a few years ago to along the busy Sunset corridor.

Moore, who originally is from Rocky Mount, was educated in business by doing undergraduate and graduate studies at East Carolina University.

Moore also said he traveled back and forth via airliner to Oklahoma State University, where he earned a doctorate.

Although Moore has been living and still lives in Greenville, he said he saw a lot of need in Rocky Mount given the presence of crime and poverty.

As for why he began doing what he does for a living, Moore said that can be traced to when he worked at an outpatient clinic while he was doing his undergraduate studies at East Carolina.

“I’m a numbers guy, but I also began to love the clinical side,” Moore said.