Fort Worth Hospitality Industry Teams Up to Feed First Responders – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Under a white tent outside the Rahr & Sons Brewing Company in Fort Worth, masked and gloved workers stood shoulder to shoulder on the assembly line, filling to-go containers with bar BQ lunches.

“We’ve had about 1,200 lunches so far,” said Chef Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Restaurant at around 12:30 PM. “I think we can do it.”

Several well known local restaurants as well as Rosewood Ranches and the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival have teamed up to prepare free lunches for first responders.

“There are a lot of professionals in one place. It’s fun to be together. We haven’t seen each other in ages,” said Bonnell. “Everyone is on the same team today, I promise you!”

A number of police cars, fire engines and hospital staff waited for volunteers to fill their suitcases and back seats with ready-to-eat lunches.

“It means someone doesn’t have to take off all of their gear, find food, put all of their gear back on, and return to patient care,” said Kathy Jo Zeigler as she waited for 400 meals to be returned to Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center, hoping they would all fit in the two cars she had. “Cross my fingers!”

Organizers planned to serve 2,000 free bar BQ lunches to workers on the front lines of the pandemic.

“You fight a lot harder than we do now,” said Bonnell. “We just appreciate what they are doing.”

* Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not intended to indicate where infected people actually live.

** County totals listed below include all 32 counties in North Texas, not just Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant.

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