Two Tuscaloosa downtown restaurants are joining the efforts to combat food insecurity during the pandemic. Chuck’s Fish and FIVE are distributing free lunches in their “American Lunch” food truck to anyone in need of a meal.

WVUA 23’s story about the American Lunch food truck in its Thursday newscast caught the attention of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission CEO Don Staley, who wanted to make sure his agency was doing its part by helping fund the nonprofit.

“What they’ve done in the past, it just perked my interest. Loretta Jones, our administative assistant, was talking the other day trying to come up with something where we can give back. This is just a little, small example of what others could do. So it’s the domino effect: we do this, maybe others will step up and try to help out too,” Staley said.

The nonprofit organization distributes free lunches every Monday through Thursday in front of FIVE Bar and on Friday in front of Chuck’s Fish. The free meal delivery service starts at 11 a.m. and will operate until food runs out.

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