NEW YORK (AP) – In Miami, Oklahoma, restaurants and their customers are doing their part to catch the heart of the epidemic – one meal at a time.
Cafes in a nearby town in the northeastern corner of the state have set up “receipt walls” to allow dinners to pay for meals in advance and those in need to get what they want, have a seat or fuel without judging unanswered questions.
The idea of providing free, prepaid food spread from restaurant to restaurant a few months ago. Many of the recipients have been homeless or otherwise living in difficult times since the epidemic swept through Miami (pronounced im-AM-uh), a population of about 13,000. The two snow farms in February brought even more difficulties.
Miami-based Ennifer White, owned by The Dawg House, a delicious dog, was transported from a food truck last September to a brick-and-mortar truck, a bold move in the midst of an epidemic. He was the first to install a donation wall. For eight hours he had a wall full of lunch cuts.
So far, customers of The Dawg House have provided more than 600 meals.
“And we only have eight tables in our restaurant, so that says a lot about how amazing our community is,” White said.
Some who pasted the taped receipt paid for it in advance, returning to increase their own receipts. He regularly bought food with 10 to 50 gifts at a time.
Lasay Castellano, a nursing student who recently quit her job as manager of Zack’s Cafe, said lunch serves about 600 people a day. He has been collecting coupons for about two months.
“We have a lot of homeless people here. A lot. “We had almost $ 600 worth of food on the wall in one day,” he said. “We find it difficult to keep tickets on the wall.”
Among White’s donors is 32-year-old Derrick Hayworth, a food delivery company that serves The Dawg House House other restaurants և retailers.
“The whole community is behind it,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. It was just meant to happen. “
When the blizzard hit, everyone rushed into the area to help those who had nowhere to stay. Mayor Bless Parker helped make it easier for the homeless to get to the hotel, providing them with food from the restaurant walls, some of which were delivered by Hawthorne.
Life in Miami, an area where lead-zinc mines were run more than 100 years ago, is about an inch closer to something that looks like the old-fashioned norm every day. Abundant casinos in the area have reopened, նման Restaurants like The Dawg House have personally welcomed dinners with fewer tables that provide social distance.
White said a couple, their four daughters, stand out from those who receive free food.
“They were just so sweet, their parents were grateful, they were not grateful,” he said. “They seemed to be doing a lot; they had to sit for about an hour and a half just to eat, have fun, laugh, not worry about how much they had to spend.”