The city of West Palm has more than doubled its contributions to Restaurateur Rodney Mayo’s nonprofit established to feed workers who have been laid off because the Coronavirus.
Mayo is one of the owners of Subculture Group, which is one of the Palm Beaches most successful restaurant organizations owning 17 establishments from Subculture Coffee, to Howley’s, Camelot, and many other popular destinations.
Like many restaurants, the Subculture Group was forced to lay off workers due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. But owner Mayo committed to keeping one location (Howley’s) open to ensure his laid-off employees continued to get fed. They set Howley’s up like a giant kitchen where employees could come and pick up their meals.
Starting with just employees, the operation expanded to local seniors and others who were impacted. Now, over the past week Howley’s has been serving up 1,500 free meals to the community per day. The Subculture Group even opened up a second location, Hullabaloo, to raise the number of daily meals served to around 3,000.
These meals are being offered partly at the expense of the Subculture Group (which has been very generous), as well as from private donors, and now local government is getting involved. By shifting money from the West Palm Beach mayor’s general operating funds to Housing and Community Development, the administration came up with an additional $18,000 for Hospitality Helping Hands on Monday, bringing the city’s total to $30,000.
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