July 2, 2014 — Fighting hunger has been on the heart of Ed Caudill for many years.
Being one of the original members of Grayson's Meals on Wheels beginning in 2005, it’s something to which he has devoted a lot of time, effort and personal resources.
After leaving the Meals on Wheels group in 2012, he has been away from such service but now he hopes that has come to an end.
Caudill applied to the IRS to start a 501 © 3 tax-exempt charity and that has taken 20 months to finalize.
Now ready to proceed, he is concerned about funding his new organization.
One of the projects he hopes will help is hosting free yard sale space every Saturday on the property of “Papaw's Country Kitchen” in Willard, next to the First National Bank branch.
This is a two-acre lot where folks are invited to set up for free with tables, car trunks, or truck beds.
“We hope to attract people that can help us prepare the public for our Willard Trade Days in the fall," Caudill says.
“We will have the restaurant open from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. each Saturday, selling complete breakfast of sausage, ham, bacon, gravy 'n biscuits, eggs and fried potatoes as well as lunch menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, BLTs, fries and onion rings.”
All proceeds from the sale of food during the Saturday events will go towards the operation of "Papaw's Chuckwagon," a mobile kitchen that Caudill hopes will be delivering free lunches in Willard, Hitchins and Grayson in the near future.
The converted bus has been parked since 2012 but remains roadworthy. It needs basic upkeep and maintenance before it makes the first run in over two years.
Trial runs are scheduled July 15 and July 17.
Caudill's plan is to have “Papaw's Chuckwagon” back up and running at least two days a week, depending on available funding and volunteer labor.