For Mama D’s restaurant in Ashland City and the Livery Stables in Pleasant View, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been a blessing for serving community as well as keeping their businesses afloat.
“On average we serve 50 meals a day,” said Rachel Brown of Mama D’s.
The virus response act, administered through The Greater Nashville Regional Council, expands the Administration for Community Living’s Senior Nutrition program that provides home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors.
The expanded program makes it possible for anyone 60 or older, as well as those with disabilities, to get a hot, nutritious meal at no cost while providing stimulus opportunities for small businesses.
“It’s been a blessing for jobs for my workers,” said Kelly Ellis, owner of The Livery Stables.
Brown said that Mama D’s appreciates the expanded program as well.
“We are busy from the time we open our doors until 1 p.m.,” said Brown.
“We are learning the program day by day as we go,” said Brown. “We took our regular menu and downsized it a bit. They can choose their plate and create the plate based on popular items for soup and salad or soup and sandwich. We let them mix it up so they don’t have to settle for pre-subscribed meals. We can customize if someone is diabetic and make a bigger salad. We can adjust things to meet their dietary requirements if we need to.”
She said that delivery is limited to within five miles of the restaurant.
“It’s great to see some people excited” she said. “For some, it may be the only meal they have that day.”
Ellis said the Livery Stables had 112 meals picked up and 109 delivered on just one day.
“We started on April 24 and we fulfilled our first contract on May 11,” Ellis said. “They gave us a $20,000 contract. It took us 13 days to fill it.”
Ellis said that she received another grant for $20,000 for each meal at a cost of $7 per plate ($10 per plate for delivery). The second grant is set to end June 30, and The Livery Stables has provided nearly 2,900 meals, Ellis said.
Ellis has two delivery people and a transportation manager. She helps with the cooking alongside Mimi Metreual Adkisson, former breakfast and lunch cook at Ashland City assisted living facility Vantage Pointe Village.
Margie Christoffer, who the computer lab teacher at Pleasant View Elementary School, delivers meals.
“They are just very appreciative that someone would take their time to think about them,” said Christoffer. “It warms me too. So, it’s a blessing all the way around.”
Adkisson, who has been with the Livery Stables since late October, said she loves the opportunity to help with the meals.
“Within our reach, there’s no one going hungry for the day,” she said. “We’re doing God’s work. What He wants us to do. We also come closer to understanding each other. This is family and community centered.”
SENIOR CITIZEN MEALS
Meal distribution hours are 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Restaurant is located at 605-D Main St. in Ashland City. For information call (615) 246-1206. Delivery is for home-bound residents only.
The Livery Stables
Meal distribution hours are noon-4 p.m. Sundays, and noon-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Restaurant is located at 1104 Main St. in Pleasant View. For information call (615) 746-8992.