Washington Woman Takes $timulus Money – Makes Lasagna For All!
After Michelle Brenner lost her job at a menswear store in Gig Harbor, Wash., because of the Rona, so she turned to what she knew - food.
She had been volunteering spending her time at a food bank handing out food, including Frozen lasagnas. But she knew she could do better.
“Hello favorite friends — I delivered a ton of frozen family-size lasagnas today,” Brenner wrote. “Now, this is not a problem by any means, lol. But you have a die-hard, full Italian lasagna lover living in your town.”
Brenner, 45, made herself a huge pan of lasagna using her grandmother’s recipe.
She followed up with an offer:
“If any of you want some fresh homemade, no calorie counting lasagna, please let me know and I will gladly prepare it,” she wrote.
Brenner set aside her $1,200 stimulus check to buy ingredients, that when the requests started pouring in.
A retired neighbor showed up at her house, then an out-of-work friend came for a pan. After that, so many people started showing up, including strangers.
Nearly three months and 1,200 pans later, Brenner is still at it, boiling noodles, cooking ground beef, mixing up tomato sauce and layering mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan.
About eight hours a day, seven days a week, she helps feed people in her community - from hospital workers and first responders to single parents struggling without paychecks.
Then people began donating what they could, from $1 to $100.
“When word got out on social media, people from all over the world started donating to my cause,” said Brenner.
People have contributed more than $22,000 so far, and she said she hopes to be making lasagna for many months to come.
All My Best,