Let’s do lunch!

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Carrie’s Café, the popular dining center located within the LifeCare Alliance building at 670 Harmon Ave., has been closed for five months as a part of a community-wide effort to slow the spread of a novel coronavirus. And while the physical site will remain closed for now, the back of the building has been retrofitted to support a drive-thru program. Aug. 3 marked the first day of Carrie’s Café “Grab and Go Lunch” which provides a free hot and cold meal to citizens 60 years and older. According to Leah Bunck, the organization’s assistant director of nutrition programs, patrons can drive around the back of the building between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to receive their meals, which will be rotated daily to provide variety. Those who are new to the café, or are not a part of the LifeCare Alliance’s programs, will still be allowed to receive meals but they will have to fill out an application to make the process more seamless when they come to pick up future meals. Here, Bunck delivers two meals to a patron’s backseat. She said she expects roughly 80 to 100 meals to be delivered each day. The Grab and Go Lunch will be held at the same time, days and address listed above for the foreseeable future.
Mitchell Henderson, a chef at Carrie’s Café, prepares to cut into a tray of extra cheesy lasagna on Aug. 3.
Jerri Markham, a dining room coordinator at LifeCare Alliance, selects a bag full of corn for a drive-thru patron. While produce was plentiful at the drive-thru on Aug. 3, organizers say they will not typically be able to give away extra bags of goods.
Chef Maurice Nowlin adds marinara sauce to the slice of extra cheesy lasagna. The hot meal also included green beans and garlic bread.
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