Evansville restaurant gives free meals to displaced food service workers

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) As those restaurants shift to  take out only service, one Evansville eatery is serving some help to restaurant workers affected by recent closures.

Walton’s International Comfort Food started take out service on Thursday and gave free meals to those displaced by recent coronavirus related closures. Some say meals like this can help as restaurant workers try to get through its effects.

“When it comes down to it, we’ll all pitch in here at Haynie’s Corner,” said Tim Mills of Walton’s. Pitching in by scooping up and serving some free hot meals.

Lilly Ford works at some restaurants in Evansville, and felt the immediate impact after she was temporarily let go from Walton’s and other places she worked at.

“It’s been really rough. I actually went from having three jobs to having no jobs because all of my jobs are food based,” she said.

The meals were provided for free to workers that were displaced and who live in the arts district. 

“I think that’s really nice,” Ford said.

They were made on the restaurant’s first day of curbside service. Tim mills of Walton’s says it was a way to help those affected by coronavirus related closure effects.

“Every little bit helps when you have nothing right now. We had to layoff 70 of our employees on Monday. It’s a tough situation.”

Mills says some of their vendors are looking to donate food to keep this going, which he hopes continues while supplies last.

Mills also says they’ve scheduled a spaghetti fundraiser Sunday afternoon at two to help their employees. Mike Pickett, Eyewitness News.”

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(This story was originally published on March 19, 2020)

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