Thai Place serves 150 meals to food service workers out of a job

Posted at 2:28 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 19:07:19-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — One Kansas City restaurant is helping out their friends in the restaurant community.

Thai Place in Waldo served 150 meals on Thursday to food service industry workers who are out of work.

Thai Place teamed up with the Open Belly Podcast and Chow Now to make the effort possible.

“Really the idea was just to have one event, but I’ve had some other folks reach out that are interested in doing this again next week, so we’re totally open about partnering with other restaurants or sponsors in the community that want to feed people," said Danielle Lehman, host of Open Belly Podcast.

The owner and executive chef of Thai Place told 41 Action News she wanted to do something to help, and donating meals to people in need is what was doable for her business.

“I feel really great right now because a lot of people can benefit from this," Pam Liberda said. "I really wanted to help people that even if they’re not out of a job but they still had their hours cut, they can still come get a hot meal because sometimes it can brighten your day, something a simple as a hot meal."

Liberda told 41 Action News that Thai Place plans to serve meals from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day, until they no longer can.

The restaurant remains open for regular business from 4-7 p.m. for delivery and carryout orders.