Mr. Rogers said “Look for the helpers,” and we found them: Brian and Amy, that run The Back Forty in Macedonia are setting up Pandemic Meals on Wheels for senior citizens. You may have read about it in The Nonpareil, but we’ve been watching it unfold. The program actually kicks off today!
After resurrecting The Back Forty a year ago, the duo have gone out of their way to give back and fill the voids. They regularly donate gift cards to charity events and started a convenience corner in their restaurant because there’s not one in ‘Donia. When the pandemic hit, Brian knew they wanted to do something to give back to all the people who have supported them. He said he knew the school was taking care of the kids and it was obvious, someone needed to help the senior citizens. So he put out a post on March 19:
“Starting Monday 3/24 We will be starting a Meals on Wheels program for the senior citizens in our communities during this Cornovirus pandemic. We will be offering free meals and free delivery for lunch and supper. Please call 712-486-2687 to get added to our list. We want to do whatever we can do to help our community out during this time. We are covering the communities of Macedonia, Henderson, Oakland and Carson. We will continue to do this until we run out of food or money.”
That last line hit me to the core. Here they are facing the destruction of their income, and they decide that they will donate food until they run out of food or money. How does that not get your attention? Fast-forward to today. Today will be their first day of deliveries of either the house special or something off the menu. As of today, the couple has 80 houses to visit!
Sign-up is still available.
With business down 75% from the usual, with no live bands and drinks selling, it could be a bleak time and a chance to get a little rest for the twosome, but Brian said that won’t be happening. They have mouths to feed and hopefully, customers coming in for carry-out as it is still available.
The good news: 80 sets of senior citizens will be getting free, warm meals, not having to leave their homes, and feel a sense of generosity because of Brian and Amy. If you’d like to help make it happen, you can donate to the account set up at Great Western Bank in Oakland or on their Go Fund Me page.
Brian told me the greatest feeling was the response after that first post, when people started to call in for their parents or their neighbors and people handing him an extra $20 for the program as they got their carry-out.
It’s a weird time, but Mr. Rogers was right. There are helpers and we’ve found some great ones in Pott. Co. Thanks for making this happen, Brian and Amy!
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