Tasty Freez Gives Back to Community
The Paden City Tasty Freez has been a part of the community for over 25 years. During that time, they have served many people from the Paden City area. When schools were cancelled due to the Coronavirus, Mary Postlethwait saw the opportunity to give back to the community that has supported her business throughout the years.
Mary reported she knows this is a low-income area and many people have fallen onto hard times, being out of work due to the crisis taking place. Zoa, Mary’s daughter, said this is the time for the business to show appreciation to the customers.
They decided to give free breakfasts to Paden City kids.
This isn’t the first time the business has given back to the community. Mary reported they have served free Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners for families in need.
“Being such a small business, sometimes people miss that. It’s available right here in their own little home town and they don’t even know it,” said Zoa.
Zoa reported the free breakfasts are not income based, they are community based. “We’d like to stick it out, as long as school is out, we want to do this for kids. People were just unprepared for this,” said Zoa. “People didn’t have three months to prepare for this…we don’t want them to throw their hands up and say they don’t know where to turn, they can turn right here.”
The program is still running although the Governor has ordered the closure of all dining rooms, the Tasty Freez is still doing carry out for the breakfasts, and their normal menu and business hours for carryout and delivery.
The Tasty Freez is serving breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu includes cereal, pancakes, waffles, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, orange juice, milk, grape juice, and apple juice.
Adults can also order breakfast, and for $5 or less, get a large meal. The money used to buy the breakfasts will be recycled into the fund to continue giving free breakfast to kids. They are also accepting monetary or food donations to keep the program running. Mary expressed her appreciation for all the donations that have been received.
“My mom’s heart is as big as this town,” said Zoa. She said they had the resources available to be able to feed the children. “So why put it on the city?” she said. “It’s time to give back.”
“The good thing about small business, I’m not knocking big ones, but we have a smaller staff here. You can guarantee we’re going to have the same couple of staff coming in, we don’t have three shifts where people are coming from several homes. This is small business time…it cuts down on contamination whether it be coronavirus or flu season,” said Zoa.