When the COVID-19 crisis hit in mid-March, two caterers in White House became heroes.
Cynthia Summers, owner of The Bakery Box, was already involved in the tornado relief efforts in Nashville when she was contacted by several nurses hoping to arrange meals for family members isolated in their homes. Summers reached out on social media for names of other local elderly and shut-ins who needed assistance with food.
Kim Jones of It’s a Pear Catering Company also joined the effort.
“Two kitchens are better than one,” she explained.
Each week the effort grew in size and scope serving the elderly, frail, disabled, and families with small children. Those in need were identified by churches, neighbors and family members. Prepared meals along with bags of groceries were delivered to some of the most vulnerable citizens in White House, Portland, Greenbrier, Cross Plains, Ridgetop and Orlinda.
As word spread about the effort, donations came in to purchase the food items and other businesses offered baked items, flowers and bags of necessities to be used between weekly meal deliveries.
Between March 16 and June 18 over 8,000 meals were prepared and delivered by an army of volunteers. Andy and Rosie Rutherford from Colorado Grill offered their banquet room as a workspace to put together the meals and grocery bags. Volunteers logged over 20 days of assembly. Thirty-eight drivers delivered the meals.
A special celebration was held at Colorado Grill last week to recognize all the volunteers who made the meals-on-wheels effort possible,
“To the countless people that donated money to help with the program, we are honored you trusted in us to use your hard-earned money to selflessly help feed people in need during this pandemic!,” Jones said in a Facebook post on her It’s a Pear Catering page.”You will never know how much we appreciate your hearts of love!”