Sunday April 11th, 2021 2:14PM

Local businesses teaming up to provide lunches for families

By Lauren Hunter Multimedia Journalist
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

Around a dozen Hall County businesses have come together to sponsor an event that will provide lunches for children who are out of school due to coronavirus concerns.

The event, called Level Up in our Community, will work like a drive-through restaurant. Families can drive up to the Veterans of Foreign Wars location in Gainesville beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, choose from several boxed lunch options, then pull around to collect their food.

Restaurants that have donated food so far include Sliced, Johnny’s BBQ and the Inn-Between Deli. Wizards Video Games, Carriage Kia in Gainesville and Xtreme Clean Auto Spa have also pledged to provide goodie bags and coupons to families who attend.

The event originated with a Facebook post on Friday from Angelica Tabor Fells, owner of Level Up Haircuts in Gainesville. Tabor Fells offered to purchase pizza for families who normally rely on their school lunches.

Joy Whitlow, Studio Manager and Producer at North Georgia Business RadioX, saw Tabor Fell’s post and immediately reached out to her to make the offer into something bigger.

“This is a dire situation that we’re in right now,” said Whitlow. “We said, we’re going to make sure that we can build it up as much as possible and it has blown up.”

Whitlow said because of the donations from businesses, restaurants and private donors, Level Up in our Community has the potential to feed around 450 children.

“This is what I love about our community in Gainesville and Hall County. We do come together and we pool our resources, we do everything we can to make sure that our community is taken care of,” said Whitlow.

Even though the event is located in Gainesville, Whitlow said families from surrounding communities are welcome to come. Her only request is that families use honesty and good judgement to take only what they need so there’s enough to go around.

Event staff is also taking proper precautions in order to comply with health standards among coronavirus concerns. Esteamed Solutions in Gainesville will handle sanitation and the event venue will be thoroughly cleaned before, during and after the event. Volunteers will also be required to read FDA requirements before their shift and wear gloves throughout the entire event. In addition, all food will be prepared off-site then delivered to the VFW.

Whitlow said she is still looking for volunteers to help with taking food orders, delivering food and other event-related tasks. Any food or business contribution is also appreciated. Anyone interested can contact her directly at [email protected] or 678-653-5288 to volunteer or contribute. The event will start at 11 a.m. and last until food runs out.

  • Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News
  • Associated Tags: gainesville, community, coronavirus, Level Up Haircuts, North Georgia Business RadioX, Veterans of Foreign Wars
© Copyright 2021
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Kemp orders public schools, colleges closed through March 31
Gov. Brian Kemp ordered the closure Monday of all public schools, colleges and universities through the end of the month as the state tries to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak.
7:00PM ( 5 hours ago )
Georgia lawmakers give broad powers to governor to fight virus
Georgia's lawmakers are granting Gov. Brian Kemp broad powers to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, as the governor called for restrictions on nursing homes and assisted living facilities and cases in the state continued to climb.
4:45PM ( 8 hours ago )
NGCF collecting money for nonprofits that help people during pandemic
The North Georgia Community Foundation is collecting money to help nonprofits in North Georgia who need help providing assistance to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
3:32PM ( 9 hours ago )
Local/State News
Flying off grocery shelves near you- cleaning supplies, water and other necessities
Shelves of cleaning supplies and other necessities are quickly disappearing in large grocery chains and locally owned stores due to fears of coronavirus.
8:00PM ( 3 days ago )
Vermont students journey south to volunteer in Hall County
A group of eight students from the University of Vermont traveled twenty hours this week to spend their spring break volunteering in Gainesville.
12:00PM ( 3 days ago )
For Goodness Sake: Eagle Ranch
Eagle Ranch encompasses 315 acres off Union Church Road in Chestnut Mountain and looks more like a retreat than a place for families in crisis. Rolling hills are dotted with the boys’, girls’ and staff members’ homes, while the man-made lake and peaceful chapel are a serene escape from the bustle of everyday life.
1:00PM ( 5 days ago )
AAA: Gas prices fall in Georgia and nationwide
According to the latest information from AAA, gas prices are trending downward both in Georgia and across the country.
8:30AM ( 16 hours ago )
Gainesville tops Georgia cities on U.S. small business list
A new report touting the best mid-sized cities in the nation for small businesses has seven Georgia cities on the list with Gainesville ranked top among those cities.
By AccessWDUN Staff
2:00PM ( 1 day ago )
Homeless, transient community especially at risk during coronavirus outbreak
COVID-19, often called "the corona virus" is sweeping the world, causing fear and panic, stockpiling household goods, closing schools and even creating a little mockery. But it's no joke to many members of our community, including the homeless and transient.
6:00PM ( 3 days ago )
Collins quarantines self after potential contact with coronavirus patient
​Congressman Doug Collins will self-quarantine himself after CPAC confirmed Monday he was photographed with a patient who had tested positive for COVID-19.
4:04PM ( 1 week ago )
Gainesville woman faces check forgery charges
A Gainesville woman has been arrested for forging checks. Sonya Althea Beauford, 46, was arrested earlier this month for a probation violation, but, after her arrest, an investigation into her actions means she now faces additional charges.
1:00PM ( 2 weeks ago )