Ema’s Cafe is offering free meals to anyone in need during the coronavirus shutdown.After closing for three weeks, Ema’s reopened this week to serve complimentary plate lunches and family-sized meals to health care workers, essential employees, those who are unemployed or underemployed and anyone else in need.Those who are able to purchase a meal can pay $5 for a plate or $20 for a family meal for four to help support the effort. Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. Error! There was an error processing your request. Ema Haq, who owns the cafe and a sister business next door called Bailey’s Restaurant, has long been known for his generosity in the community. He offers free meals to those in need on Thanksgiving each year and regularly donates food and event space to nonprofits.But on March 23, a week after Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered restaurant dining rooms to close to prevent further spread of COVID-19, Haq decided to temporarily close his restaurants. Takeaway and delivery orders weren’t bringing in enough money to break even.Haq said he struggled afterward, knowing his two dozen employees were out of work and thousands in the community struggling… Read full this story
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