LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The community’s hungry will no longer have to worry about finding a meal on Sunday mornings.
Robert McClellon didn’t know it, but he was in for a treat Sunday morning. He ran into Main Street Cheese & Wine owner Ivan Brumbaugh downtown, who invited him in for a free meal.
“What a good way to start any day,” said McClellon.
It was all part of a new community meal program which provides free meals at a rotating downtown business every Sunday.
“We’re all struggling to keep ahead and get ahead but that doesn’t mean that we can’t help others that need,” Brumbaugh said.
Stuffed vegetable frittata and pumpkin waffles, all regularly served options at the eatery, were on the menu. McClellon opted for the waffles and said they were delicious.
“Being unemployed right now I can get every little bit of help I can get. This is a blessing for me,” McClellon said.
McCellon works seasonally painting inside and outside of buildings. He says he’s thankful for the resources available to community members when they have a need.
“Every place that I’ve went thus far has helped me and I appreciate them because like I said, if I didn’t need it, I wouldn’t be here,” McClellon said.
Bernard Odum has been homeless since the start of the new year after losing his job at Indiana Packers. He sees the event as a good opportunity to network and hopefully find more than just a plate of food.
“A lot of us guys wouldn’t even mind coming in here and cleaning up. If they could earn a few extra dollars taking the garbage or whatever. That gets you to another job interview,” said Odum.
Brumbaugh says some businesses stopped serving free meals a few months ago after complaints by other businesses. He says those complaints of long lines outside creating issues for people and businesses on Main Street have since been addressed.
“We treat everyone that comes in our door as a client and they come in here they’re guests in my restaurant,” Brumbaugh said.
By noon, more than 50 guests had been served at the downtown eatery. Some paid. Some didn’t. But many like McCellon, made sure to say thank you.