Customer Story – The Black Goose Grill opens a soup kitchen to feed their community during the pandemic

Dec 28, 2020

A restaurant is often more than a place to grab a bite to eat — it can be a key part of the community, where people gather with friends or as a family. It’s where you go to see familiar faces and enjoy delicious, comforting meals. It’s somewhere you have fun and look forward to walking into. As an independent business in the foodservice industry, we know a few places that fit this description! Today, we’d like to introduce you to one that’s been making a difference during the pandemic.

Get to know The Black Goose

The Black Goose Grill in Wallaceburg, Ontario is one of those special places. Opened by Mark Childs in 2012, the grill has served their community with exceptional customer service, great food and a clean, welcoming environment. They treat every customer like family and as a result, they’ve become a popular fixture in town.

While the grill has been open for less than a decade, the Childs family has been giving back to the community for over 50 years. In recent years, that focus has been on supporting those who live with food insecurity. The grill introduced a program called Food Rescue as well as their Community Living Boxed Lunch. They started Frontline Fridays and began hosting an annual luncheon in support of the Salvation Army. While they were busy selling delicious food to locals, they seemed to be giving plenty away!

In addition to these efforts, Mark Childs has a deep history in local sports programming. He’s a founding member of the Wallaceburg Flag Football League and the Defiance Running Club, an organizer of the previously run Big Bike fundraiser, and a former coach to youth football within Chatham-Kent. Mark has made an effort to carry on the philanthropic traditions of the Childs family within Wallaceburg, and his efforts have impacted the community in a meaningful way.

Responding to a community in need

When the pandemic hit, food insecurity became an even greater concern for families in the Wallaceburg area. The restaurant was temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the Childs family was looking for a way to give back. They quickly decided to offer a delivery-based soup kitchen program that would provide between 200 and 300 free meals per day. Each delivery contained a family-size portion of soup and a loaf of Italian-style bread. It was an immediate success, and demand was so great that they were soon delivering closer to 700 meals every single week. This hearty, delicious soup went to individuals and families in need as well as many frontline workers in the community. With the help of many volunteers, over 21,000 meals were delivered between late March and June. What an astounding contribution in challenging times!

A great example of giving back

We are blown away by the actions of The Black Goose Grill and proud to call them a client. Not only have they dedicated their time and resources to others during the pandemic, they have a long history of giving back and a future focused in philanthropy. Morton Food Service offers our heartfelt gratitude to Mark Childs and his team, and hopes this story will inspire others to give back as well.