Barrett Elder, Marketing & Communications Director
Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports (TTS) announced today it has formed a partnership with Chuck’s Fish/FIVE Bar to distribute free lunches for local hospitality workers. The American Lunch food truck will distribute free lunches every Monday through Thursday in front of FIVE Bar and in front of Chuck’s Fish on Fridays. American Lunch will be providing meals starting at 11:00 a.m. each day until they run out of food. TTS will provide a donation to support the truck during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.

“We are not content to sit on the sideline during the pandemic,” said CEO Don Staley. “We saw what American Lunch is doing last night on WVUA-23, and immediately thought this would be a perfect way for TTS to really get in the game.”

“We are thrilled to find a way to give back to our community, and especially our hospitality workers, who have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, said Staley. “An unfortunate side effect of socially isolating and putting our trips on hold is the damage it does to our hotels, restaurants, bars, and others in the hospitality industry.” Staley added, “During the pandemic, our team at TTS will continue to stand by our mission – to enhance the quality of life for all Tuscaloosans.”

Erin Barfield, Manager of Chuck’s Fish & FIVE Bar told Staley, “I am so excited to partner American Lunch with Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports and think ensuring we reach the hospitality workers is so crucial!”

American Lunch is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that delivers hot meals to people in need. The meals, which are grab-and-go sack lunches to limit the spread of germs, are served during the week from a mobile food truck in the community. American Lunch operates in five locations across Alabama including Athens, Birmingham, Destin, Mobile, and Tuscaloosa. More information about the American Lunch food truck, including volunteer opportunities, is available on their website at