Many have been affected by school closures and shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fat Monn's Grub owner Jason Monn received a citation on Friday from Erie County Council to recognize the efforts of the restaurant to help feed children of families in need.
Erie County Councilman Scott Rastetter (D-6) presented the citation to Monn saying it was nice to hear of someone doing good.
The citation is signed by every Erie County Council member.
"Jason and Janet Monn recognized the immediate need to assist in providing the children of Corry and surrounding communities; inspired by the thought of their own children Max and Enola, Fat Monn's provided 31,107 meals from March until the end of May 2020 for families in need," the citation says.
The restaurant provided lunch meals to the community at two locations — the restaurant, 510 E. Columbus Ave., and a temporary location set up in the Rossbacher Insurance Group parking lot, manned by volunteers.
The free lunch program was made possible by donations given from people in the community and all over the country.
"With the power of volunteers, Fat Monn's Grub has been at the center of social change and outreach, bringing positive change and solution to a challenge facing our complex world; gathering community support from volunteers and businesses alike; assistance overflowed by full-time volunteer Nancy Dingfelder, Rossbacher Insurance, Riverside Structures, the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, and people from all areas of the country as they united," the citation reads.
It goes on to recognize the restaurant for encouraging everyone to "#belikecorry."
"We really need to promote this kind of activity and positive thinking," Rastetter said. "Doing good for the community is what life is all about."
Rastetter said Monn's will not be the only restaurant in town recognized for a giving spirit. Sam's Restaurant, who also started taking donations to provide free lunches at the beginning of school closures, will be recognized at an upcoming date, to be determined.