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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Carlisa Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit food organization that’s been feeding the hungry and needy in America from 2002. Lisa Eleze Thomas Mc-Millan, founder of Carlisa Inc. was personally a victim of hunger all through her student life and knew how divine it felt like when one shared their food and blessings with another. And it was 1995 when she vowed to herself that ‘nobody should ever have to worry about having enough to eat’ thereafter. Lisa started her community service in her hometown Brewton, Al by preparing and delivering hot lunches for the elderly and the disabled. As she became more aware of the hunger crisis that prevailed in society, she also started a Rolling Grocery Store on her van and delivered essential groceries and vegetables to people who couldn’t afford them. She also started offering a free feeding program in her restaurant and started Brewton’s first Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day dinners. Then came into existence, Carlisa Inc. in 2002, a non-profit food bank, in fact Brewton’s first food bank to be open to the public seven days a week. Along with feeding the seniors and disabled citizens of Brewton, Carlisa Inc. also provides hot lunches for students and the community by providing hot meals in Carlisa's ministry restaurant Drexell and Honeybee's Donations Only Restaurant at 109 Lee Street Street where all are welcome to come in and enjoy a home cooked meal.

Results: Carlisa, Inc. and it's ministry restaurant Drexell and Honeybee's Donations Only Restaurant have made an amazing impact in our community. After only one year of being open we served over 12. 000 hot meals in our community.

Target demographics: Make sure no one goes hungry in our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 53 elderly people, over 100 college students and hundreds of people in our community.

Geographic areas served: Brewton, AL and all surrounding small towns.

Programs: Drexell and Honeybee's Donations Only Restaurant...Hot meals program...and hot meals delivery program.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marie Neese H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We all hear and appreciate "service with a smile." Carlisa, Inc. is "giving with a smile," and with heart, and with love, and with commitment to the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me in." All are welcome. A variety of delicious food is prepared for anyone who is hungry, and as available, with local, in-season fruits and vegetables. This "Donations Only" restaurant does not accept payment for a meal, but a private area is available for anyone who would like to make a donation. Donations "pay it forward" to prepare the next meal for someone who is hungry. Through planning, sacrificing, and many hours of labor, sweat, and tears an empty building in the community was purchased, renovated, and decorated to become the pleasant, welcoming place it is today to prepare and serve meals to the hungry. Carlisa, Inc. is a blessing to the community, and many volunteers assist. You will see different friendly, caring faces each day. Come and enjoy a meal and see service to God and to man in action!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their generosity overflows everyday. As if feeding people in need wasn't enough, they do random acts of kindness all of the time if not daily. One small act can completely change someone's day. The level they operate on can and I'm sure has, changed people's lives. They deserve world wide recognition for their kindness and I hope they get it.

Oh how could I nearly forget the food!?! The food and atmosphere is like going to Granny's house on Thanksgiving and Christmas on a daily basis. Great country, home cooked meals, and you won't meet a stranger there.

Carolyn111

Client Served

Rating: 4

I eat, visit, or volunteer at Drexell and Honeybees about once a week. The vision of Lisa and Freddie McMillan is to stop food insecurity. They have created a loving environment where the community, young and old, rich and poor, can come together and enjoy a meal. The food is made from fresh fruits and vegetables and is absolutely amazing. The items are donated and different every day. The signature cornbread is one of my favorites,. This is a donation only restaurant, you pay what you can. I know my donation will help pay it forward for someone else’s meal. I have made so many new friends that I may never have met but have seen around town. I am forever grateful for this change I have witnessed in our community. The elderly and lonely come and eat with college students and families, business people in suits as well as those in uniforms. We share a meal and a donation or thank you note, Drexell and Honeybees is feeding our souls.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carlisa, Inc. is a non profit organization with many missions. In fact, "We feed the Need" is their mission statement. They are involved in many different projects in our community. Their ability to act quickly was put to the test recently when the towns of Flomaton, AL and Century , FL were hit by a devastating tornado. I knew Carlisa, Inc. had the experience to help and was so glad they could provide hot meals to the victims of this horrible storm. This nonprofit is a very productive part of our community and has been for several years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is a vital element in this community. It provides many resources to so many people. Carlisa, Inc. and Drexell and Honeybee's Donations Only Restaurant (a ministry of Carlisa, Inc.)has made hot meals and food easily accessible to all who need it.

Jacquelyn Caswell G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This restaurant is a dream that Lisa fulfilled through determination and hard work. Her joy in life is to fill the needs of those who are hungry in our community. Lisa loves our veterans, too, and recognizes them every year with a hot meal. She has an open door policy to all and aims to please you with a satisfying meal. A great place to mingle and make new friends! Check out Drexell & Honeybee's! You'll be glad you did!

Kim Harrison F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa has been serving hot meals to the local college students and the elderly for years. She has an amazing heart and will do what she can to help someone in need. Please donate to her cause or contact her and volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Carlisa (Lisa) has had a consistent heart for feeding students, the elderly and the hunger for years. Drexel and Honeybees is an attractive restaurant that serves the community of Brewton, mainly the underserved. Every offering is delicious! Meatloaf is a favorite!
Paul and Janice Smith

Janie C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first real experience with was last Christmas as she delivered the most wonderful Christmas dinner that I ordered for my Sunday School Class, she brought it to the church, sit it up & would’ve served but we were eating a little later&when we did eat, the food was still hot, delicious and plenty of it. Think everyone took a take out plate home. I’ve ate at the restaurant several times & always a great selection, food good, people friendly and most of all, clean. I always leave a bigger donation than what I eat as I live that it helps Lisa to feed those that can’t afford a meal or on the down at the moment. If you’ve not ate at Drexell & Honeybees, you’re missing out on some good country southern cooking

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am known Lisa Thomas McMillan for many years. I really got to know her when she served free lunches to students at the local Community College. I volunteered to help serve the local community during her annual
Thanksgiving & Christmas luncheons and was honored to serve others along side such a caring, compassionate, and loving person.

Once I read her book; I was inspired by her acts of kindness and love of the elderly to serve free lunches. I would prepare and deliver hot meals to ten elderly or disable persons in my community one day a week for the entire year of 2015.

I was able to help others and I felt great doing so; all because I was inspired by Lisa Thomas McMillan. It was a great opportunity for me to teach my son about giving and not expecting anything but a smile in return. Today, he knows and understands the importance of giving and helping others. He started volunteering with Carlisa Inc at a very young age and loves to help her whenever he can do so. He has adopted her as his "Aunt Lisa".

It has been my pleasure to help such a caring person and I have enjoyed working with her.

Delinda

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lisa fulfills her mission the “Feed the need”! The food served at Drexell and Honeybees is second to none. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a great meal in a comfortable atmosphere, regardless of their ability to pay. Their presence contributes so much to our community.

William F K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Restaurant does a good thing for the community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Carlisa, Inc. works hard with long hours to see that the town I live in has a hot meal to eat, even if you do not have any money. The restaurant is always clean and in order. The food is always great.
Carlisa arrives at work early to make sure the food is ready when the doors open.
I love this place and tell friends and family about it all the time. Carlisa is one of the hardest working women I know, I admire her for her hard work and giving nature.

1 Bobi McWhorter R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful community outreach Carlisa is working toward . No one should ever go hungry and she is working toward making sure !!

1 Lynn Thomas H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Drexell and Honeybees is such a blessing for our rural community. The love, devotion and great food is enjoyed by so many!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the place. You can eat a hot 5 star meal.even if you don't have money to pay.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

Lisa is a modern day Mother Teresa who gives her heart & soul in the food she prepares & serves. She believes that everyone should have access to a Hot Meal every day & that’s what she does....there is no finer individual who is selfless in her service to the community by providing a wonderful place for folks to dine that is affordable to everybody. (There is a partitioned area that you can pay if you can afford it, if you don’t have any funds, that’s okay, just write a note and say thank you!) we all need a little bit of someone like Lisa in our lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The book Living Fulfilled has changed my life.....it has opened my eyes to love and hope. The author takes you on an inspirational journey that shows just how one ordinary individual can help change the world. It also teaches you how to pay it forward. It's a perfect gift too!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carlisa, Inc. fights hunger in more ways than just providing hot meals to those less fortunate. They provide hope and joy to souls who suffer the emotional hunger pangs of those who may feel they have been overlooked by the rest of the world. Through random acts of kindness, a helping hand, words of encouragement, and ever-ready smile, they inspire others around them to reach out and lift each other up in a world that is often quick to put others down.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to eat at a reasonable price. Also Mrs. Lisa has been serving the community by providing meals to the needy not only during holidays but often.

Emily135

Client Served

Rating: 5

Miss Lisa gives to the community more than one could imagine. Between her food pantry, feeding college students, and everything in between, she goes above and beyond the call of duty to help those who need it, and she does it deliciously. As a broke full-time college student with a full-time job, I can honestly say there are days when I would have just had to go without food between classes and before work, that is, had it not been for Miss Lisa. She is a blessing to the community, and every single thing she does is for a good cause. It amazes me every day the drive that she has, and I just cannot say enough good things about her and her cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa McMillian, aka Carlisa, Inc.,is one of the most selfless people that I know or know of. She is all about helping others, whether it be feeding college students for free (our local community college doesn't have a cafeteria, so she makes sure that every student who wants a meal gets one on Monday thru Wednesday), to providing meals for the elderly or needy (and often delivering it to them), to providing transportation to doctor visits, etc, and often provides money to those in need. It doesn't stop here--she provides "holiday" meals to anyone in the community who would like them: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and even honors the veterans on Veteran's Day. She is such a service to our community, a real blessing, and all from the kindness of her heart. Thanks, Carlisa!!!