The Dish on Memphis City Council Meals

The Dish on Memphis City Council Meals

Members of the Memphis City Council are eating like kings and queens, all on the taxpayer's expense.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Members of the Memphis City Council are eating like kings and queens, all on the taxpayer's expense.

According to an invoice obtained by localmemphis.com, when city council members voted not to restore city workers 4.6 percent pay cut, they did so on full stomachs.

According to the lunch invoice, council members dined on meatloaf and gravy from Alfred's, along with turnip greens, squash and onions, garlic mashed potatoes, rolls, cornbread and cobbler.

"That's a scratch of the head right there, man. I can't even get a burger for free, they eat all that?" said TJ Jackson.

On Tuesday, the council voted to layoff 100 city workers, but also voted not to do away with their free lunches. Council members argue meeting days are long, and without the lunch, they would have to go out and find food, delaying meetings.

"It makes me wish I was one of the councilman, that's for sure," said Ken Smiley.

"I think I could use a free lunch here and there, it would be nice," said Chris Duncan.

Not everyone had a problem with the council perk.

"I am not sure one free lunch a week will take care of that many layoffs anyway, so, maybe they thought it was a decent trade," said Lindsay Durtschi.

The Shelby County Commission recently voted to keep their free lunches intact too.

"We've had pretty good meals, anything from spaghetti to lasagna to chicken to ribs," said Commissioner Chris Thomas.

Thomas says he pays the county back for his meals.

"Oh my gosh, it is so about the message," he said. "You won't cut $10, $15,000 to say we are going to sacrifice, but we want people to sacrifice their job, I mean, come on!"

Tuesday's lunch fed 30 people, including council and staff, and cost $300. Overall, the city council budgets $8,000 for its yearly food bill.

"Tell the City Council to pay for my lunch next time. Since they got to do it like that," said Jackson.

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