'You don't have to be homeless to be hungry'; Local church opens free cafe

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Restoration Ministries in Laurel County are opening their doors to anyone who is hungry.

"You don't have to be homeless to be hungry," said Pastor Ronnie Smith.

It is called New Day Cafe and anyone is welcome to come in and eat a hot and free meal.

"One of the main goals of our mission statement what we wanted to do is to make a dent in our community," said Ronnie.

This food program is not like most. When you walk into the church you are greeted by someone who will seat you at a table. Just like a restaurant would.

"Just something that we felt like for them to be able to come in and sit down and feel like they were in a restaurant you know having dinner with their family would be a better atmosphere for everybody," said Leanna Smith the Director of New Day Cafe and Ronnie's wife.

After you are seated someone will then serve you your food.

"We just like to bring their food to them and ask them if we can pray for them," said Leanna.

The church was given this opportunity to serve hot meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program through Corbin Public Schools.

"It's what God has called us to do is to love on people the way he does you know and just to accept them," said Leanna.

And after only being a week into the program, they already realize just how much of an impact they are making on the community.

"The bible says it's more blessed to give than receive and we've all been in that situation...where we needed help, said Ronnie with tears, "and just being able to help people is our heart."

They feel they need to help the people who need it the most.

The cafe is open Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday they will serve a hot breakfast from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Restoration Ministries recently moved to the Old Lily School at 420 Lily School Road.

For more information about the church of the New Day Cafe you can visit their website here.

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