Roundup: 5 Richardson restaurants give back during the coronavirus outbreak

The 400 for 500 campaign at Communion Neighborhood Cooperative donates benevolent meals to those in need. (Courtesy Communion Neighborhood Cooperative)
The 400 for 500 campaign at Communion Neighborhood Cooperative donates benevolent meals to those in need. (Courtesy Communion Neighborhood Cooperative)

The 400 for 500 campaign at Communion Neighborhood Cooperative donates benevolent meals to those in need. (Courtesy Communion Neighborhood Cooperative)

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Owner of Asian Mint Nikky Phinyawatana saw an opportunity to support at-home cooking endeavors by launching the Chef Mint from Home program. (Courtesy Asian Mint)
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Local bar and restaurant Lockwood Distilling Co. donated hand sanitizer to the Richardson police and fire departments. (Courtesy Richardson Police Department)
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Owners of Lockwood Distilling Evan and Sally Batt are answering a call from the community by turning alcohol into hand sanitizer. (Courtesy Lockwood Distilling Co.)
These Richardson restaurants are donating products or a portion of sales to people and organizations in need.

Asian Mint donates portion of meal kit proceeds to child-focused nonprofit

Asian Mint owner Nikky Phinyawatana has launched a meal kit service, and part of the proceeds will go to a nonprofit organization that feeds children.

Each Chef Mint from Home meal kit comes with a recipe card and premeasured, fresh ingredients to make vegetable dumplings, pad thai, tom yum soup and jasmine rice. The three-course meal feeds four people and takes 30-45 minutes to prepare, Phinyawatana said. The kits can be delivered or picked up curbside at one on Asian Mint's locations.

Communion Neighborhood Cooperative launches benevolent meal campaign to help feed those affected by the coronavirus

Subscribers to the business’ 400 for 500 campaign will receive one meal per week for six weeks. For every 400 subscriptions, Communion will give 100 benevolent meals to community members in need.

The program has not yet met its subscription goal, but already 150 benevolent meals have been served, according to Communion.

Lockwood Distilling Co. answers call from community and turns alcohol into hand sanitizer

Lockwood Distilling Co. has halted the production of spirits and is instead turning alcohol into hand sanitizer. The business has distributed the product to both the Richardson police and fire departments. Bottles are also also available for purchase.

To help fund the operation, Lockwood set up a GoFundMe. The goal is to raise $20,000 for materials needed to make the donated product. Even if that goal is not met, Batt said Lockwood will continue to produce the sanitizer.

Piada Italian Street Food offering free lunch to students K-12

The restaurant is extending its Kids Free Lunch Program through April 30. The offer, which is available Mon.-Fri., includes a free child’s pasta dish and a fountain drink.

Students do not need to be present for parents to pick up meals.

For more information, visit Piada’s website.

Snuffer’s offers 20% discount to first responders and healthcare providers

Snuffer’s is offering 20% off all food orders made by first responders and healthcare providers. There is no minimum amount for the discount to apply. Customers must provide proof of employment, such as a work ID, to receive the discount.

For more information, visit the Snuffer's website.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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