Local restaurant teams up with nonprofit to provide hot meals to families in need

Local restaurants partner with Heal Charlotte to feed 200 families, especially those with kids

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Inside Dish restaurant in Plaza Midwood, the staff is busy not only with a lunch crowd coming in, but with the lunch they’re delivering.

5 days a week, for 6 weeks, they’re bringing hot meals to residents near Orchard Trace Lane in northeast Charlotte.

“There are so many people in need and there’s only so many people we can reach, but reaching as many as we can on a daily basis is the most important thing,” said Lewis Donald, owner of Dish.

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He teamed up with Greg Jackson’s nonprofit, Heal Charlotte, to feed 200 families, especially those with kids.

“It is hard to learn on a empty stomach, so if we can provide these meals, it will be much easier for these kids,” said Jackson. “I am very concerned for the families that are inside of these motels that are falling through the cracks of the meal programs that are happening now.”

That’s because many homeless families staying in motels or hotels have no way to refrigerate food.

This program is proving to be a win for them and restaurants.

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“I got to hire two people to execute it so that was great for us, for business,” said Donald.

With the coronavirus pandemic still a huge problem, this crisis in Charlotte continues and so will the community’s response.

Although restaurants are making the meals at a discounted rate, it still costs around $6 a meal.

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