Wine Down will give free healthy meals to kids

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OOLTEWAH, Tenn. (WDEF) — Wine Down in Ooltewah’s Cambridge Square will be giving away healthy meals and sack lunches to all kids in need.

Owner Georgia Garner says she couldn’t sleep Thursday night after talking to her educator friends about what the school closures means for lower income families.

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Then she saw New York Pizza Department’s post about giving away meals and followed suit.

Starting Monday, March 16, and going until schools reopen, Wine Down will be have free healthy meal options at their restaurant.

The Garners are still working out the logistics. They say they are thankful for the community members who have already started to donate to the cause.

“We’ve gotten very emotional,” owner and chef Marcus Garner said. “We were just driving home from vacation. We were kind of silent the whole car ride. We’re just taken aback. We did not realize how strong the community is, and how quick the response was. It was completely overwhelming. It made us shake and gave us chills. I’m still shaking now after driving home. Just the magnitude of this whole thing. It’s just the right thing to do.”

No proof of need is necessary to get a meal. The Garners say they trust no one will take advantage of their generosity.

If you’d like to donate to help their cause, you can go through this link.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."