Tim Kahle knew he had to come up with an out-of-the-box idea to keep the restaurant at Communion Neighborhood Cooperative open after Dallas County banned dine-in service last week.

According to Kahle, the restaurant saw a 25% drop in revenue since restrictions were put in place. He said he felt inspired to do something that would not only improve sales but also help those who are struggling in the community. On March 23, he launched the 400 For 500 campaign.

“We want to keep our staff employed, we want to continue to serve our community, and we want to continue to inspire hope during this time,” Kahle said.

The campaign’s goal is to have 400 people subscribe to a six-week meal program, where they will receive one meal per week. For every 400 subscriptions, Communion will give 100 benevolent meals to community members in need. If the campaign surpasses its goal, Kahle said Communion will provide additional benevolent meals.

As of noon March 24, the campaign had garnered 41 subscribers, according to the 400 for 500 website.

In addition to helping the community, Kahle said the campaign will keep his employees paid. It may even allow the business to hire more employees, he said.

The benevolent meals are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis, but Kahle hopes that the community will play a role in deciding which of their neighbors need help.

“My hope is that our subscribers will share stories with us and have personal relationships with these folks so that we will be able to give a meal and [the subscriber] can hand-deliver them to their house,” Kahle said.

To subscribe, visit www.400for500.com. For information on receiving or giving a meal, call 972-200-7282.