In Columbia, Missouri, US, anyone in need can stop in for a bite at Goldie's Bagels, free of charge. As part of its "Whoever Needs, Come and Eat," initiative, Goldie's has given out free meals since its opening in 2020 for those unable to pay. If a customer cannot pay, Goldie's staff charge the meal to its "neighbor account," which other customers pay off through their donations. Customer Lauren Williams recently came in to pick up bagels and noticed the poster publicizing the free meals for those in need and decided to post about it on Facebook and later Twitter. The post amassed 40,000 likes in the past week. "Throughout the pandemic, we've seen a lot of people who are struggling. I just thought it was so lovely that if someone needs a meal, they can just go in there," said Williams.

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