The restaurant is not open for business, but will continue cooking for older community members until food runs out.

COURTESY PHOTO - Bill and Lilita Apgar receive a free meal from Madras Brewing Co. amid social distancing and COVID-19 pandemic.Madras Brewing is pitching in to help out those who can't get out of their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic by cooking and delivering free meals to those 65 years and older.

Roberto Cardenas, owner of Madras Brewing Co., said the restaurant has been going strong for three days, using the restaurant's food supply, getting meals to people in Madras who are at higher risk if they were to get COVID-19.

And now, the restaurant gets to keep going for at least another week or so, thanks to donations from the Madras Community Center and the Avila family. Cardenas said that commissioner Kelly Simmelink helped out by making the connection between the center and Madras Brewing.

The Community Center usually holds lunches for seniors. However, with new social distancing measures and older people being considered higher risk in the midst of the pandemic, the center has had to stop for the time being, though its Meals on Wheels program continues.

The difference, however, is Meals on Wheels recipients must be referred to the program, and those who apply must meet certain eligibility criteria. Madras Brewing is trying to help out in the short term.

The Community Center donated several boxes of meat to the restaurant to help continue to get meals to those who can't get out or need the food. Cardenas said that the Avila family donated some meat, as well as pasta, produce and more.

The restaurant is not open for any business at this time. Staff is just cooking up the meals for pickup, or they will provide free delivery for those who can't get out.

The current plan is to remain open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, and then open again, from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21. They are also planning to provide the service next week from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, Wednesday, March 25, and Friday, March 27.

Meal orders can be made by calling the restaurant at 541-475-4546 or Cardenas at 541-610-8297.

The restaurant is generally reserving meals for community members 65 and older, however, Cardenas made it clear that if someone falls a little below that age and has difficulty getting out right now, he will still help.

"Anyone who can't get out, doesn't have any help, we're doing it," he said.

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