Kevin Middleton knows a lot about serving food.
He's the owner of Bulls, a steak house in Forest. In his free time, he delivers lunches for Lynchburg's "Meals on Wheels" program.
"I got involved with Meals on Wheels about ten years ago," Middleton explained. "My wife Lindsey was doing it and then we started doing it as a team."
He enjoys the interaction with clients.
"We might be the only person they see all day," Middleton said. "We give them a smiling face and somebody to care for them when nobody is around."
Meals on Wheels serves around 225 people in the Lynchburg area, who might not receive hot food during the day if the service wasn't available.
The non-profit gets a boost every year from Lynchburg Restaurant Week, an event designed to showcase locally-owned eateries.
"Last year Lynchburg Restaurant Week brought in more than $2,500 for meals, which directly pays for meals for people in need," said Kris Shabestar, executive director for Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg.
Middleton's business is one of 20 participating in restaurant week. Each one offers a special menu, giving customers a chance to sample multiple items at a reduced price ranging from 15 to 25 dollars.
Meals on Wheels gets a portion of the proceeds. Participating restaurants also have envelopes for cash and check donations.
"Anytime we can receive a donation like that, it really has an impact," Shabestar said. "Five dollars pays for a meal for someone that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford one."
So go ahead and eat out this week. Organizers of restaurant week say you'll be feeding yourself, and your neighbors in need.
WDBJ7 is a proud sponsor of restaurant week.
Participating restaurants include:
Arosto Fire Roasted Pizza
Bulls Steak House
Delicia’s Latin American Cuisine
Isabella’s Italian Trattoria
Jimmy’s on the James
Main St. Eatery
Market at Main
Milano’s Italian Restaurant
Shoemakers American Grille
The Depot Grille
The Neighbors Place
Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar