Harlem Couple Offers Low-Cost, Home-Cooked Meals for Local Residents

Ramona Holmes enjoys her lunch break - now known to her as the Jireh Meal - at The Salvation Army on Lenox Ave. (Photo courtesy of Lombard for Daily News)

BY Michael J. Feeney

A Harlem couple is offering the best deal in town: home-cooked meals for as little as $3.

Eric and Marilyn Crumbley started selling their affordable and tasty dishes at The Salvation Army on Lenox Ave. near W. 137th St. in September – and word has spread fast.

The meals have become so popular that next month the couple will open their own restaurant on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at W. 122nd St. They’ve gone from serving just 10 meals a day to nearly 150.

Eric Crumbley, 44, a retired NYPD officer and a former pastor at Harlem Faith Center, started the affordable meals for seniors who were running out of money midway through the month.

“We were serving the seniors, and then we started to notice that everyone was coming in,” said Crumbley, who is the facilities manager at the Salvation Army site.

“It helps with mothers and fathers who really can’t afford a healthy meal to feed their children.”

The $3 meals, known as the Jireh Meal – taken from a biblical name for God – vary from day to day, including chicken parmesan over pasta with garlic bread or baked chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and sweet buttered corn. The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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