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#3Heroes: Goodfellas BBQ in Cleveland Heights working to feed more kids

A restaurant serving kids a hot snack needs help to continue free service for students.

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Goodfellas BBQ in Cleveland Heights is known for serving tasty plates of food. For three weeks the staff has made to-go boxes of wings and fries for students out of school. Owner Darryl Rugley says the “snack packs” grew in popularity.

“At first it was just okay but then the word got out and now it’s overwhelming. A lot of kids every day,” Rugley told 3News.

We spoke with a student picking up a box who says he appreciates it.

“It’s a way to have kids get something that they like and something that they don’t have to pay for. Sometimes people be low on money and you can’t always buy things out,” she said.

Rugley says giving back to the community is in his DNA.

“My family always helped out during times of need. My grandparents had 11 kids, but they always fed the whole neighborhood! So it just rubbed off on me, plus I was to make my mama proud,” he said.

However the free "snack pack" program may have to close at the end of this week.

“I got enough to get through Friday, but you know, it’s a lot financially. I’m not turning no kid away,” says Rugley.

And you can help this 3Hero continue to give away snack packs so the kids feel valued.

“There’s a lot going on in the world that’s not good. So give them a little bit of good like ‘this guy looked out for us’,” says Rugley.

If you’d like to donate to contribute to the free "snack pack" program you can send money to the Cash App $goodfellasbbq. If you want to mail a donation or stop by in person to donate, the address is 2847 Noble Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44121.

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