After Michelle Brenner, 45, was furloughed from her job at a menswear store in Gig Harbor, Washington, she made herself a huge pan of lasagna using her grandmother's recipe. Then she got on her community Facebook page and wrote, "If any of you want some fresh homemade, no calorie counting lasagna, please let me know and I'll gladly prepare it for you.
She set aside her $1,200 stimulus check from Uncle Sam to buy the ingredients. Soon she had a few requests, and before long so many people started showing up, including strangers, that she lost track. Nearly three months at 1,200 pans later, she is still boiling noodles, cooking ground beef, mixing up tomato sauce and layering mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan. She cooks about eight hours a day, seven days a week, helping feed people from hospital workers and first responders to single parents struggling without paychecks.