By Angie Springs
American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas
For Stephanie McGarry, owner of Crumbly Burger, a historical staple in St. Joseph, recovering from a disaster is something that she knows all too well. In 2017, the business suffered a kitchen fire, which put them out of business for a total of 116 days. So, when the American Red Cross called to ask if she would be willing to help feed residents displaced by recent flooding, she automatically said that she would help. “When we had our fire, a few people really stepped up to help us, so now it was our time to help”, Stephanie stated. “If providing a meal helps them get to the next day, then I have done my part.”
Not only did she provide a meal, but she went on to write a personal note on each to-go container that she packed that day. She also provided a coupon for a free sandwich to use later.
To-go containers have been the norm for her business for a couple of months due to COVID-19 restrictions. That type of business has been what has kept her business afloat. She stated that carryout orders also meant that her staff started to received tips for bringing orders out to customers. That money has been put into a donation jar, which she plans to pass along to agencies in the community.
Crumbly Burger may be a staple in the community, but the community is certainly stronger because of Stephanie McGarry. “I have a house; our bills are paid. We will be ok when this is all over. I just hope that these people will feel supported as they recover.”
Crumbly Burger is located at 2701 Frederick Ave in St Joseph, MO.