Marvin Holmes stopped to get the free fruits and veggies but left with so much more.
The northeast Oklahoma City man also walked away from the Mobile Market at John F. Kennedy Park with a family size pan of Cafe 7 chicken Alfredo pasta.
The free restaurant meal coupled with the fresh produce was much more than Holmes expected to take home to his family on Tuesday — and he was grateful.
“This is nice. It’s very kind,” he said as he put his tasty bounty into his car.
The special two-fer was part of an ongoing initiative involving Ending Hunger OKC’s Meals on Wheels program and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department’s Mobile Market truck. Ending Hunger OKC, a program of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, recently received a $250,000 grant from OGE Energy Corp., the parent company of OG&E, to purchase meals from local restaurants to distribute to community residents who typically visit the Mobile Market truck for free produce.
Tuesday, St. Luke’s volunteers gave out produce like collard greens, oranges, apples and potatoes while also distributing tempting pans of enchilada bake from Hacienda Tacos, barbecue from George’s Happy Hog, pizza from Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, chicken pot pie from Pie Junkie and pasta dishes from Cafe 7 and Stella.
“Today, we’ve got a smorgasbord,” Candice Hillenbrand, St. Luke’s director of mission engagement, said, smiling.
She said that’s the idea behind the partnership that benefits so many.