Local business gives back to essential workers by providing free lunch

Kellan Foster State Farm pays for more than 200 meals Friday

JOPLIN, Mo. – Kellan Foster State Farm started looking in May, when the pandemic hit,  for a way to give back to essential workers.

“For us, really, getting the opportunity to say thank you is the most important thing. We want those first responders to understand — and all essential workers to understand how important they are,” says Kellan Foster.

The team at Kellan Foster State Farm paid, out of their own pocket, for more than 200 meals prepared by Chef Mike of Clark’s Cuisine. City of Duquesne Chief of Police Tommy Kitch says it’s great to see support from the community.

“Sometime this job can get a little rough, as everybody knows, and you know sometimes there’s not a lot of thoughtfulness in it. You know, people don’t get to see everything everybody does. And there’s a lot of good cops out there. A lot of good firemen, first responders, EMTs, doctors, nurses. And again, they’re the ones that are on the front lines all the time and I just appreciate them all,” adds Kitch.

Simple gestures such as a lunch to say thank you, go a long way, especially right now.

“I think, pretty much, that everyone needs to come together. And if I could give everybody a hug — I would. So again, it’s greatly appreciated,” Kitch says.