Since opening its doors, Drexell and Honeybee’s Restaurant has fed the hungry in and around Brewton, Alabama. The restaurant accepts donations from patrons in lieu of charging diners for their meals.
Owners Lisa and Freddie McMillan trade meals for whatever customers can offer. Sometimes, meals are provided to patrons who cannot pay, ensuring they receive enough food to eat, while other customers donate a buck or two. The non-profit restaurant, which has helped thousands of people in one of the United States’ most food insecure states, is now looking for a little bit of help to keep the doors open and feeding the hungry.
Drexell and Honeybee’s was forced to close its dining room due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has swept the United States. The dining room used to be filled with tasty southern-style food and chatter from patrons. With the pandemic affecting millions, Drexell and Honeybee’s was forced to offer to-go meals only. Still, they serve more than 100 people a day, three days a week.
Unfortunately, with the dining room closed, the restaurant’s donation box is shut as patrons are not provided with anonymity when donating. Had the restaurant’s dining room been able to open, diners would be able to leave as much or as little money as they like when eating. Since closing the dining room, Drexell and Honeybee’s hasn’t received the donations they typically would. Yet, the non-profit restaurant is still giving out meals.
“We are not talking donations at the door for to-go meals, because everyone’s donation is private and we cannot offer privacy at the door currently,” Lisa McMillian said. “Our donation box is closed until we reopen our dining room later this year – if at all.”
Singer/songwriter Maximiliano Nealon learned about the work of Drexell and Honeybee’s and stepped up to help out the non-profit. Nealon wrote and recorded an exclusive song titled, “I was Hungry (and You Fed Me),” to help raise funds for Drexell and Honeybee’s. Nealon learned of the mission the McMillians have taken on, to feed the hungry, and pledged to help them.
The musician made “I was Hungry (and You Fed Me)” available for download on his Bandcamp page. The song costs just $1 to download and all proceeds from purchases go to keep Drexell and Honeybee’s open. The non-profit hopes to make $5,000 from downloads, which will allow them to keep the restaurant open and feeding people.
“If we can raise some funds with this gift that we have been given by Maximiliano, it will help keep us going until things get back to normal,” McMillian explained.
Nealon, a Spanish and English-language songwriter based in Portland, Oregon, writes music to inspire and provide hope. His latest song could give new hope to the McMillians and continue their mission of feeding the hungry.
Over 829,220 people in Alabama struggle with hunger. Over 250,000 are children. Around one in four children in the state go hungry every day. Drexell and Honeybee’s feeds those in need for food regardless if they have anything to donate.
Along with buying “I was Hungry (and You Fed Me)” for $1, there is a digital donations page in which donors can contribute.
About Drexell & Honeybee’s
Drexell & Honeybee’s is a wonderful restaurant in Alabama run by Ms. Lisa and Mr. Freddie. They have made it their life mission to feed the hungry. Their restaurant feeds everyone that comes to visit them, whether they are able to pay or not. It is a donation only restaurant and everyone needs to know about their good work!
You can find out more about them here: www.drexellandhoneybees.com
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