Categories: COVID-19, HungerPublished On: May 18th, 2020

Two problems can mean one solution when people come together for a common goal.   

In March of 2020 no one could have anticipated how COVID-19 would impact our community. Add historic low oil prices to the mounting crisis and you have a crippling effect on our local economy.  However, United Way of Lea County found a way to make sure that people have a warm meal and that restaurants are kept in business.   

The JF Maddox Foundation provided a grant to United Way of Lea County partnering with local restaurants to provide income for these restaurants and furnish meals as an outreach to the community.  Isaiah’s Soup Kitchen also helped to market this project and estimate meal totals.  Restaurants that have engaged in this partnership are: 

  • Dickey’s Barbecue
  • Drylands Brewing Company (Lovington & Hobbs)
  • Casey’s
  • Pacific Rim
  • Baja Grill (Lovington & Hobbs)
  • Outlaw Grill (Eunice & Hobbs)
  • Quiznos
  • Mama E’s Food Truck
  • Luna’s

 Lea County has always been strong in community pride and generous in its “lend-a-handnature.  Our local restaurants are struggling but are still willing to give backFamilies and individuals have not only received meals because of this project, but they have also seen the heart and soul behind the agency of United Way with its mission to serve the community.  

“No matter how overwhelming and crazy these past weeks have been, being a part of feeding people who are hungry has left us with full hearts. We are so excited to do this again and again.” – Becca Titus, President and CEO of United Way of Lea County   

This is just another way that we can cultivate possibilities when we work together with the people of Lea County.