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With Some Help, Mayberry's Serves A Meal For Hundreds - Brevard NC

 

Last updated 5/4/2020 at 2:38pm

Mayberry's prepared hundreds of pans of scratch-made turkey and bacon pot pie. (Courtesy photo)

At a time when local restaurants are feeling the impact of North Carolina's stay-at-home order, Mayberry's in Brevard fed over 1,000 Transylvania County residents last week thanks to the generosity of their partners.

Thanks to a sponsorship from the restaurant's bank, First Citizens in Brevard, and food donations from Gordon Food Services (GFS), Mayberry's gave away hundreds of pans of scratch-made turkey and bacon pot pie to anyone who needed it on Monday, April 27, said the restaurant's manager Jake Jackson.

"We've never been in a position to really be able to kick back to the community, even though the community has helped support us all these years, so when those options became available, we immediately hopped on to that," Jackson said.

Initially, Mayberry's food supplier, GFS, reached out to the restaurant to offer them some steep discounts, but when Mayberry's said they would like to take advantage of the opportunity to feed people for free, GFS donated the food.

With the help of First Citizens Bank, Mayberry's was then able to employ its full staff to prepare the food for the donation. After having to layoff employees when the shutdown went into effect, Jackson said it was a welcome change to have everyone working again.

"We were able to bring our whole staff back, and it broke my heart when we first had to lay everyone off," Jackson said. "But being able to bring everyone back has been absolutely amazing because we actually enjoy working with each other here. We treat each other like family."

Jackson said the donation event just happened to fall into place when it did, and that the restaurant got the word out through the We are Brevard Facebook page. Initially, Jackson said people were hesitant to take advantage of the generous offer.

"With Brevard having so many good people and having such an integrated and strong community, so few people actually wanted to come out because they wanted to defer that to someone that they felt would be more in need," Jackson said. "So, it ended up being somewhat more difficult to distribute...than we'd initially expected. Mind you, it still ran out well before we closed, so it ended up not being an issue, but the Brevardians truly are trying to take care of everybody... And that was really interesting for us to be able to see."

Jackson said Mayberry's also went around town to distribute the food to local businesses and first responders.

Both the fire department and police departments were grateful to receive the food, and Jackson said they dropped off some trays of food at First Citizens as a token of their appreciation.

The amount of donated food was so large from GFS, Jackson said they could only physically store about half of the order. The other half went to the Bread Of Life food pantry and soup kitchen.

Jackson said Mayberry's has tried to be creative and flexible to stay in business during the stay-at-home order by offering things like grocery boxes, take-and-bake meals and family-style to go orders.

With the help of the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, he is hopeful the restaurant will weather the pandemic.

"I'm glad that we live in Transylvania, in a community that truly seems to look after each other," he said. "That's probably been the largest thought for me throughout all of this, just how good everyone is. It's been absolutely astounding. We're just very grateful that people are helping support us through this as well."

 
 

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