Jamie Lee Strickler and Melvin Bentley, owners and operators of Red Pig Bar-B-Q in north Johnson City, announced Tuesday that the restaurant would provide free lunches to area children affected by schools closed at Gov. Bill Lee’s request.

Bentley said any student out of school because of the governor’s emergency plan to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can stop by the restaurant, 2201 Ferguson Road, Johnson City, near the Kroger shopping center, and receive a meal with either a barbecue pork sandwich or a hotdog, chips, a drink and a cookie.

Lunches will be handed out until the restaurant’s inventory is depleted.

An employee will bring the meal out to a vehicle, but the child must be present to receive it, Bentley said. The lunch offer is available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and parents or guardians can bring their children by or call ahead at 423-282-6585.