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Local restaurant aims to help community after their donation box was stolen

Posted at 3:23 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-28 00:18:03-04

Andrades Mexican Restaurant, a local Boise restaurant, is implementing ways to help its community amid Governor Brad Little's stay at home order.

Andrades has started a program called Amigos and Andrades. Their goal is to help children who depend on school meals and people who are having financial difficulties by providing them with a free meal.

“Javier and I are always here for our community and we want to help them especially in a time of crisis when people don’t have a lot. People have lost their jobs and because the kids are not in school and we want to be able to give back to the community that’s given us so much.” Michelle Andrade, co-owner of Andrades Mexican Restaurant said.

A few days before implementing the program, a donation box that the restaurant had established to help people during the COVID-19 virus was stolen. The donations from the box were used to be able to continue providing free food to children and those who have lost their jobs.

However, Javier did not let this affect him and even kept the box in the same place saying that he has faith in his community.

“It’s been a little less than a week and we have, Javier has been innovating a lot of ideas to be able to provide for our regulars for our customers for our community," Michelle said.

The restaurant is offering take out service and has just recently added delivery service as well. They are also looking into building a drive through window to minimize person-to-person contact.

“You guys are in the need, remember you are not alone, don’t be shy, come and pick up your food. We’re here for you” Javier Andrade, owner of Andrades Mexican Restaurant, said.

If you would like to donate to Andrades so that they can continue to give free food to people in need, you can send donations on their venmo account.