Restaurant donates holiday dinners

NASHUA – Martha’s Exchange owners Bill and Chris Fokas say city residents have been good to them, and that’s why the brothers are giving back.

The Fokas brothers donated 300 Thanksgiving dinners to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter using part of the proceeds they earned from the $10 admission to the Thanksgiving Eve celebration Wednesday night.

“It’s just one of those feelings that you’ve got to give back to those less fortunate,” said Bill Fokas.

On Tuesday, the Fokases delivered to the shelter enough turkeys and vegetables to feed 300 people, according to Douglas Aldrich, kitchen manager at the soup kitchen. The food will be served to the less fortunate on Thanksgiving, he said.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” Aldrich said. “If we could get more places to do that, it would be even better.”

The soup kitchen relies heavily on donations, Aldrich said.

“My budget for every meal works out to about 40 cents a meal, so you can imagine how much this helps,” Aldrich said.