Humboldt Park Restaurant Owner Donates 2,000 Free Meals To Community After Looting, Damage To Businesses Left People Scrambling For Food Options

Jim Gudas
June 06, 2020 - 11:11 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After the protests and civil unrest following the death of George Floyd led to food shortages in some neighborhoods due to closures or damage to stores and essential businesses, the owner of a Humboldt Park restaurant decided to give out 2,000 free meals Friday afternoon.

Chef Quentin Love said when he saw the food shortages following the protests, looting and unrest this past week, he wanted to do something to help those who couldn't get enough to eat.

"If there is no food, no restaurants or grocery stores available, what do you do? You panic and you do things to destroy yourself and others," Love said. "It is critical, key now, that we step up more than ever before." 

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He offered free freshly prepared meals to anyone who came to his Turkey Chop Gourmet Grill on Chicago Avenue a block east of Central Park Avenue.

"I can't stress it enough how important it is to give," he said. 

Fighting hunger has been a passion for the activist, coach and business owner for years, he said. Since 2014, Turkey Chop has donated a quarter of what customers spend on meals to feed people in need.

Love said the giveaway provided enough food to feed nearly 300,000 people.