Couple offer free meals to struggling families
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Kris and Manuel Toledo, owners of Aromas Family Restaurant in Walworth, will next offer free meals of soup, salad and bread from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.
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WALWORTH Kris and Manuel Toledo were moved by stories of local people struggling to keep a roof over their heads, keep the heater running and keep food on the table.
The owners of Aromas Family Restaurant, 111 S. Fifth Ave., have opened their restaurant to anyone who needs a home-cooked meal in these tough economic times.
“We thought, well, we have the restaurant, and we’re making it all right, so why don’t we try and help some people?” Kris said.
The couple are offering free meals of soup, salad and bread from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the restaurant.
The couple planned to host the “soup kitchen” for six weeks to gauge the need in the community.
The first “soup kitchen” was held March 25. Only nine people attended. The next one was held April 1. Twenty-five people attended. The third and fourth were held April 8 and 15, and drew 13 and 15 people, respectively.
The couple were expecting about 50 people to attend each week, based on what they’d heard from schools, churches and food pantries.
“Maybe there’s not that many people affected,” Kris said. “But I thought there would have been more.”
The last “soup kitchen” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29.
The couple said unless attendance spikes, they don’t plan to continue offering the free meals each week. It takes a lot of time and effort to operate the restaurant only to help a few people who might really need a home-cooked meal, they said.
But the couple could again host the “soup kitchen” in the fall or winter if they still see a need for free meals, they said.
“Who knows, maybe they’ll surprise us in the last week here,” Kris said.