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Jacksonville BBQ Restaurant Provides Help with Pay It Forward Food Wall – WLDS

By meerna Jul11,2024
Jacksonville BBQ Restaurant Provides Help with Pay It Forward Food Wall – WLDS

A Jacksonville restaurant is helping someone in need of a meal.

My Buddy’s BBQ & Catering has a Pay It Forward wall. The wall features donated meals and gift cards from customers for people who might need a little help paying the bill or who might not have enough money to buy a meal.

Owner Buddy Fore says he was inspired to provide a way to pass something on not only because he’s been in this situation a few times, but also because of an incident at one of his jobs a few years ago: “It kind of goes back to something that happened almost 15 years ago that started it. When I was younger, I worked at Kottage Kafe and there was a guy who was walking across the country. I don’t remember what it was for. I was just a cook at the restaurant and he stopped by on his way out of town. We were the last stop and he wanted to see if anyone would donate a meal. The chef wasn’t there so I couldn’t ask. Everyone came up to me and asked about it. I didn’t want to give him a free meal. I couldn’t make a quick decision at the time, but I should have just bought the guy a meal. I had the money. For some reason, I always had that conscience and it was always like, I never bought the guy a meal. From that day on, I told myself I would never turn anyone down for a meal again.

Fore says people who used the meals from the wall would go back and buy them for someone else when they had the money. He says he also offered at least one person a job based at the meal wall, hoping to help that person get back on their feet.

Fore says that by passing the donation on, she teaches kids that there’s always room to donate a meal to someone in need. Fore says if you’d like to donate to the program, just let them know at the register when you’re paying for your own food. And if you need a meal, just grab your gift card or meal off the wall and bring it to the register, no questions asked.

My Buddy’s BBQ & Catering is located at 733 East College Avenue in Jacksonville.

By meerna

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