Kells Irish Pub typically uses the eggs it collects at its family farm on Advance Road in Wilsonville for cooking brunch or chicken wing batter at its restaurant in Portland.
But after temporarily closing down due to restrictions related to the novel coronavirus, the pub no longer had use for the eggs their chickens hatched — other than eating them for breakfast every morning.
That's when they came up with the idea to donate them to a worthy cause.
Kells sent 300 eggs to the Oregon Food Banks, as well as other produce, and plans to continue to donate food to the organization moving forward.
"A lot of people are in need. There's people losing their jobs. That's the start of it is you need to eat," said general manager Garrett McAleese. "It's tough times but it's at least not going to waste."
Kells first opened in Portland in 1990 and McAleese is hoping it can brave the public health and economic crises and continue providing pub fare to the Portland area community moving forward.
"There's so much up in the air but we're optimistic," he said.
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