According to Feeding America, in 2018, 43,000 people in Hamilton County, Tennessee were food insecure.
More than 100 local restaurants remain revenue insecure but already have a system in place for food preparation and delivery.
That’s where FABRIC comes in. FABRIC is working hard to:
- Support local restaurants by providing an increase in revenue
- Provide hot, quality meals where they are needed from local restaurants
Right before Christmas, the first round of donations from FABRIC provided hot meals from local restaurant BARQUE Barbecue to families in need. The meals were paid for by contributions from the community and partner organizations matching donations.
That Wednesday afternoon, the team at BARQUE put together 50 to-go boxes of pulled-pork sandwiches, baked beans, and coleslaw.
Lakweshia Ewing, a FABRIC partner, was there to manage the handoff. When someone arrived looking for a meal (or multiple for their families), she would make sure pork was okay (chicken was available if not) and let the team inside know how many to send out. This allowed all inside to respect individuals’ privacy while still offering a helping hand.
Lakweshia passed along a tremendous “thank you” from one woman, who said her grandchildren were in town for the holidays, and she hadn’t been sure how she would feed them all, so the BBQ meals were a blessing.
Not only did the meals go toward feeding the food insecure in our community, it also provided $500 worth of revenue to a local restaurant, which will help keep staff employed, doors opened, and local service relationships intact and more aware of other needs. All of this good happens simply because of a hot meal.
Learn more about the FABRIC method and how the donations are used, and if you like what you see, please consider donating so we can continue helping our wonderful community: