FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Natchez Street in Franklin, outside of Shorter Chapel Community Life Center, Tracye Tucker and several volunteers are offering free lunch.
“All you gotta do is pull up in that drive right there, it don’t cost nothing,” Tucker tells a car as they pull over.
The food is for anyone that will accept it.
“It’s all walks of life, people from all genres are coming,” she explained to News 2.
Inside there is no catch, all you have to do is sign in and you can get as many hot plates to go as you need.
“You don’t have to meet an income, you don’t have to qualify.”
Tucker is a co-founder of the nonprofit group Daughters of the King that started the “Feed My Lambs” free summer lunch program.
The organization pays out-of-pocket, accepts donations and has several partners that helps make the hot meals a reality.
Tucker tells us the program, now in its second year, has nearly doubled the amount of people they serve.
“It makes our heart feel good to know we are impacting and changing lives,” Tucker smiles.
Jeff Chrisman is one of the more than 450 people a week they feed.
“I’ve had a hard time period. I’m homeless,” he explained.
The daily lunch is more then a hot plate for Chrisman, these volunteers have become family.
“It’s love here, thats what it is. It’s love here,” Chrisman says while hugging some of the volunteers.
Tucker agrees that it is a family affair.
“We not only provide food, but we provide words of encouragement.”
Thursday was the last day for the Summer program. The group plans to have a free dinner plate program in the Fall. They hope to one day be able to sevre year round.