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Macon man buys 100 meals from restaurant to feed the homeless, support local business during COVID-19 outbreak

Donations like these are helping keep local businesses and feed people who are food insecure.

MACON, Ga. — The Satterfield's BBQ sign sits perched on the edge of downtown Macon.

Below the pig in the oversized green chair, a sign says serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Their dining room is closed during the COVID-19 outbreak, but, like most restaurants, they're still serving to-go orders. 

On Tuesday, they had a big one -- 100 sack lunches to be delivered to the homeless.

Macon man Henry Oliner paid for the food, and Macon-Bibb Commissioner Larry Schlesinger had them taken to Macon's Loaves and Fishes Ministry.

"We were trying to come up with a way that we could keep their doors open here in times of crisis," says Schlesinger. "It keeps the restaurants in business preparing meals and it feeds the needy, so it's a win-win situation." 

Satterfield's owner Ben Hamton says while this is good for his own business, he hopes this inspires other people to do the same thing -- to buy meals for those who can't feed themselves, or for doctors, nurses, and first responders who are working non-stop.

"It's literally keeping our people employed, it's keeping our lights on, it's giving us a way to stay in business. It's a way support people who can't get out or need some food. It's just helping the community," says Hamton. 

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