Cotton BBQ, Empanadas BG give free meals to first responders and more

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- On Tuesday afternoon, two local food trucks partnered together to give out over 800 free fresh meals to first responders and people in need. 

Cotton BBQ and Empanadas BG set up shop at Elpo Law Firm on College Street. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., both food trucks provided meals for policemen, firemen, first responders, medical professionals, FEMA workers, linemen, the juvenile detention center, and anyone else affected by the tornado. 

Cotton BBQ gave out pork sandwiches, Texas sausages, mac n’ cheese, potato salad, baked beans, and Empanadas BG gave our their famous empanadas.

Eric Cotton, owner of Cotton BBQ, said why they do it.

“All these guys have been stretched thin, they’re working around the clock, it’s just to have a hot meal to keep them going where they don’t have to stop to go get some food. With BGMU, one of the top priorities for them is just getting power restored to the city and if it allows them to keep going through the afternoon we’d love to help them. But also it’s just families that haven’t had power and now they have a hot meal that’s free of charge,” said Cotton. 

Cotton also said they hope to continue having events to give free meals to first responders in the future.