LIBERAL, Mo. - Kathy Miller is busy in the kitchen, as she usually is, prepping 121 meals for the hungry people in her neighborhood, something that started about a year ago when she came across two skinny kids.
"I said, 'Do you have food at home,' and he said, 'No.' So that broke my heart...and I said to him, I want you to come to my house at 6 o' clock and I'm gonna feed you, for the rest of your life, I'm gonna feed you."
That boy was Will Shannon, and after his first meal, other people started taking notice, wondering where all these hot meals were coming from.
"They just kinda asked where I would get this stuff and I'd just be like, 'Oh, there's this really nice lady on the corner," explained 13-year-old Shannon.
What started out at two meals steadily grew, and Miller's husband started delivering. The initial goal was to feed 15% of the town's population, a number she's far surpassed.
For her, each dinner she serves is personal because she knows what it's like to come from a family that struggled to put food on the table.
"You know, there were times that we went without food. That's just the way it was...So one of the things that was very healing for me, I think, has been feeding them and understanding without condemning why they're hungry."
Miller isn't doing it alone. She has the support of the community. Donations and volunteers keep the assembly line going strong.
"That's so awesome to us, to know that we have the support of this community. Nothing negative, just what can we do to help you?"
Miller says love is the most important ingredient, and so it is with full bellies and hearts, the community rests, thankful for the "nice lady on the corner."
"It feels great, knowing that we have someone to help us when we're struggling. It helps a lot," Shannon expressed.
"It's been very rewarding," said Miller.
Miller's menu changes each week. She cooks on Monday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's, but she says she never turns away anyone hungry who shows up at her door.
Miller recently gained non-profit status and is looking for help creating a tax ID.
If you're interested in helping out, you can send her a message here.
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