Richmond’s Eagle & friends to treat first responders on Father’s Day

Richmond’s Eagle & friends to treat first responders on Father’s Day
Eagle Jayagoda, 7, of Richmond has been setting up a food table on Sundays to assist people facing hard times during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photos by Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

The North & East neighborhood’s altruistic Eagle is making Father’s Day extra special for local first responders. Eagle Jayagoda, 7—locally known for organizing a Little Free Food Table during the pandemic, where he offers free food on Sundays—has something delicious in store this Sunday.

On Sunday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Eagle’s Little Free Food Table will team up with Samadhi Wijethunga, the Bay Area Sri Lankan community and the Ayubowan food truck to offer all active first responders a free hot lunch. Also lending a helping hand will be Eagle’s parents—his mom, Achala, and his father, Sanath.

The food truck will serve the lunch and will be parked on 34th Street between Barrett & Roosevelt in Richmond. Plans for the menu include hearty selections like Spinach & Mushroom Penne with Creamy Sauce, mixed greens and Italian homemade garlic bread.

“As the community we want to appreciate what these first responders and all other essential workers are doing on these difficult days,” said Achala about the collective effort. “So our family and Sri Lankan friends feel like we want to appreciate them and their duties.”

While the food truck will be made exclusively available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to first responders such as doctors, nurses, hospital staff, paramedics, police officers and fire fighters, Eagle’s Little Free Food Table will also be set up that day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. under his usual tree on 34th Street.

The table is typically stocked with various food items—i.e., vegetables, beverages, soup, pasta and more—for anyone to take home for free.

For more info, email Eagle’s Little Free Food Table at [email protected].