McClinton teams up with Greyhound Cafe to deliver free healthy meals to families in need during COVID-19

In her ongoing effort to help her most vulnerable neighbors during the COVID-19 health crisis, state Rep. Joanna McClinton teamed up with Greyhound Cafe Wednesday to provide free healthy meals to those in need.

"While we've made progress in our fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the pandemic continues creating challenges for families, leaving many struggling to put food on the table," said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. "The folks at Greyhound Cafe and I recognize this, and we're working together to not only feed these families, but connect them with nutritious food options that both satisfy their hunger and bolster their health."

The group delivered 50 dinners to residents at Bartram Village in Southwest Philadelphia. 

"The purpose of our restaurant is to offer affordable plant-based food options to those who may not otherwise have access to it," said Joseph Solar, owner of Greyhound Cafe. "When COVID-19 hit, we adjusted to the limited dining experiences and found a way to assist individuals by bringing healthy meals to them over the summer."

McClinton explained that a former Greyhound Cafe employee and college student from West Philadelphia, Haakim Peay, has been the visionary behind Wednesday's food giveaway, along with other similar ones in Frankford and the Ronald McDonald House. 

"Growing up in an urban community, I understand neighborhoods like mine don't always have access to wholesome meal alternatives," Peay said. "Through a collaborative effort, we're providing much needed meals, while educating people about healthy lifestyles and letting them know they do have choices, even during this pandemic."

McClinton said food delivery participants also received information about state-related resources.