Lincoln businesses team up to offer free meals downtown

Making it simple for people who need a free meal to get one. That was the idea from To The Brim Communities, a Lincoln non-profit.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Making it simple for people who need a free meal to get one. That was the idea from To The Brim Communities, a Lincoln non-profit.

“It can be hard to ask for help. We want to make it as easy as possible, because everybody needs help,” said Lenore Berger, a founder of To The Brim Communities.

With the last couple years being tough on everyone and the current economy, chef Aaron Young with ChefauChef offered up a helping hand to make Lenore’s idea, a reality.

“Once a week, we go through our fridges at the catering kitchen and like see what we need to throw away,” Young said, “Every once in a while, it’s like there’s a lot of different meals, there’s a lot of good food. I don’t want to throw this away. So, what can we do with it that’s more productive.”

That’s where frozen meals come from. Their new home, sitting in a freezer at 1867 Bar and Jake’s Cigar and Spirits, available for anyone who needs a free meal.

“No questions asked, you know, they know that we’re giving out free food and they just have to ask for it. They can eat it here, they can take it home, doesn’t matter wherever they want,” Kelsey Graves, the owner of 1867 Bar, said.

For the businesses downtown, it was a no brainier to open up their doors and welcome people in, building a sense of community.

“We have a lot of people that live and work downtown that come in here and know a lot of people around here and anything that we can do to try and foster that sense of community, and to try and give back,” Myles Andrews with Jake’s Cigar and Spirits, said.

All four of them with the hope that this sense of giving will continue for as long as possible and more businesses will hop on board.

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