Fort Worth 'Pay What You Can' Restaurant Helps Feed Hungry - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Fort Worth 'Pay What You Can' Restaurant Helps Feed Hungry

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    'Pay What You Can' Restaurant Helps Feed Hungry

    Fort Worth's newest restaurant is now open in the Near Southside, offering a menu of fresh, healthy food for lunch, but without any prices. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

    Fort Worth’s newest restaurant is now open in the Near Southside, offering a menu of fresh, healthy food for lunch, but without any prices.

    “You just come and pay what you can,” said Julie Williams, whose husband Jeff came up with the idea for the nonprofit Taste Community Restaurant.

    “I just think this was a calling that God gave me,” said Chef Jeff Williams.

    According to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, more than 540,000 people in North Texas often go hungry.

    Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    [DFW] Domino's Pizza Launches Outdoor Delivery

    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    “The majority of those are, you know, people who have jobs, they’re single parents, they’re elderly, they might be out sick or laid off, they only need help for a very small amount of time and a restaurant like this is really the perfect type of setup I think to meet those needs,” said Jeff Williams.

    “It all shakes out in the end, so some people pay, some people don’t,” said Julie Williams, who volunteers her time at the restaurant.

    Texas has the second highest number of hungry children in the country, according to figures supplied by the TAFB, and Tarrant County ranks among the top 10 counties in the United States with the highest number of hungry people overall.

    “That’s sort of the bread and butter, or how we’re set up is to meet the needs of the 90 percent who really don’t tend to be the ones that go to soup kitchens and food banks and things like that, but still need some assistance,” said Jeff Williams.

    A staff of five runs the restaurant and is supported by 24 volunteers.

    "I just think that no one should have to worry where their next meal is coming from, no matter who you are,” said volunteer Tonja Sparks. “Everyone falls on hard times at some point in their life and this is just a wonderful way to give back to your community.”

    Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    [DFW] Canada Lawmakers Hold Moment of Silence

    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    Customers said they plan to support the new restaurant and help give back to the community.

    “The whole idea of this place is very touching, to know that someone is willing to open up their hearts and their pockets to open up this restaurant for people that can’t afford to go out and eat,” said Lauren Busby, of Fort Worth, who was the restaurant’s second customer on opening day.

    Right now, Taste Community Restaurant, located at 1200 South Main Street, is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Get the latest from NBC DFW anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android