Distributor aims to benefit restaurants, first responders with Food Drop Friday


With the social distancing and stay-at-home orders upending much of the restaurant business, a local food distributor wants to help.

“What do we do well? We feed people,” said Jason Acquisto, marketing manager of McFarling Foods. “People are working 12-hour shifts in emergency rooms taking care of folks, so let’s take care of them and take them some food.”

Thus, Food Drop Friday was born. Since April 3, Indianapolis-based McFarling Foods has delivered meals – with enough to take home to families – each Friday to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. McFarling Foods pays for the food, and their restaurant partners use their expertise to prepare it.

IU Health North in Carmel received the first donation from Rachel’s Hi-Way Café in Alexandria. The following week, members of the Carmel Fire Dept. received meals from Morristown’s Kopper Kettle Inn Restaurant. This week, the food drop will be at the Lawrence Police Dept., where officers will enjoy offerings from Fort Ben Pub.

Acquisto, a Fishers resident, doesn’t know where donations will be after that, but he wants to keep the program going as long as he can.

“Part of the excitement is putting this together as we go along,” he said.

Learn more at mcfarling.com


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