Annual Mother’s Day breakfast converted to drive-thru format in Leyden

  • PELLETIER

Staff Writer
Published: 5/7/2020 1:59:59 PM
Modified: 5/7/2020 1:59:49 PM

LEYDEN — Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the Leyden Firefighters Association had to get creative to hold its annual Mother’s Day breakfast.

This year, the Sunday breakfast will be offered in a drive-thru service at Town Hall from 7 to 11 a.m., according to Brian Pelletier, officer in charge with the Leyden Fire Department.

Members of the Leyden Firefighters Association, the nonprofit that raises money to support the Fire Department, knew they wanted to hold the breakfast still; they simply had to figure out how to do so in a way that would adhere to social distancing and public health guidelines.

“We had an association meeting last month where we put some options on the table,” Pelletier said of the planning process.

Luckily, Pelletier said the ability to guide traffic around both sides of Town Hall works perfectly for a drive-thru format. Drivers will be split into two lanes in front of Town Hall. Volunteers — which include members of the Leyden Firefighters Association and the Leyden Fire Department, as well as their wives — will take orders at the start of the line and the orders will be sent to the kitchen. The breakfasts will be brought outside through the building’s side and rear doors for patrons to pick up from their vehicles.

The meal will cost $10, but is only $5 for all mothers and children under 12 years old. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes (plain, chocolate chip or blueberry), French toast, bacon, sausage and home fries.

Money raised from the Leyden Firefighters Association’s annual events, such as the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day breakfasts, support the nonprofit, which in turn assists the Fire Department, most frequently with purchasing equipment, Pelletier said.

While Leyden Firefighters Association members say they will miss being able to sit down and visit with residents, they hope to see a number of familiar faces Sunday morning.

“Everyone is getting a little stir-crazy,” Pelletier said. “We won’t have the ability to sit down and chat like normal, but at least we’ll get to see them.”

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.

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