The good news continues for Jackson County in the post Michael time with yet another large undertaking to feed residents of Jackson County a hot meal. Tuesday, November 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers as well as those who live or are visiting in Jackson County will be treated to a free hot lunch. The saying, “There is no free lunch,” doesn’t wash with the Pilot Flying J and Johnsonville. They will be serving Johnsonville brats, chips and water to everyone who comes by.
In an interview with William Gully, III of Pilot Flying J’s home office Wednesday morning, he said, “Pilot Flying J and Johnsonville are partnering to provide a free lunch to the residents in Marianna and volunteers as we just really help the area to rebuild following Hurricane Michael. They have partnered with us. And this Big Taste Grill, it’s basically a 65-foot truck outfitted to cook more than 750 brats at a time. It’s going to be on site there at our store in Marianna, there on Highway 71 this coming Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have our pilot volunteers there to serve lunch to any community attendees. It will be a great menu.”
Johnsonville Grillmaster Jay and his team will be at the truck stop grilling up good food and good will for the community. The Big Taste Grill has not only been sharing the great taste of grilled bratwurst with fans nationwide, but also raising money for local nonprofits. To date, the Big Taste has raised more than $4 million for charities and disaster-relief efforts.
Gully says about how many they are planning to serve, “As many as it takes, if we have 1400, we will do them, whatever the turnout is, we are going to be ready with the brats.” He says they will be there for three hours and will feed everyone who comes to the Big Taste Grill.
Pilot Flying J took over and converted it in October, 1995 from the original truck stop. They have served the Marianna area for 23 years.