Commercial Roofing of Barnum and Redneck meats BBQ of Moose Lake teamed up to serve 300 free meals for those in need Monday, March 8. Chris Mikrot, owner of Commercial Roofing contacted Dinel and Lance Hollerbach, owners of Redneck Meats BBQ and asked if they would be interested in partnering up with him to offer free meals to residents in need. 

Mikrot said he appreciates the opportunities life dealt him and wanted to give back to the community.

“Chris is a really great guy,” Dinel said. “He has a big heart.”

She said people started calling and showing up before the 2 p.m. event began. A steady stream of residents came into the restaurant as soon as the door was unlocked. The meal of pulled pork and a glazed chicken leg quarter was accompanied by side dishes and a dessert. Volunteer employees boxed the meals and had them ready for residents as they came through the door. 

World War II veteran Ervin Dahlen sat for a moment as he waited his turn. He said he often eats at the restaurant.

“The cook at home is not very good,” Dahlen said with a smile. 

Mikrot said he felt it was important to be actively involved with the event. He also brought in his kids and employees to help. 

He is concerned about residents in the community who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. 

“I want to help people who may have been lost in the shuffle of life,” Mikrot said.