LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It's become a monthly tradition for the Catholic Charities Common Table organization, and it's a service that helps hundreds of people every time. The program is called Table of Plenty, and it offers a free lunch to anyone who wants or needs it on the last Wednesday of every month.
"Open our doors at 12:00, and from 12:00 to 5:00, anybody who walks through eats absolutely free,” assistant chef Jamie Huddleston said. "Today, we have hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and hamburgers. For dessert, we have cookies. It changes every month, and we haven't had any complaints yet. They love it every time, and I love it."
The students from Common Table supply the spread and the community comes in droves. They usually get a crowd of 300 to 400.
"We do a table setting, so it's not just come grab a meal. It's come sit down, talk and have a conversation while you eat. It's more of a bringing the meal back to the table,” Huddleston said. "They will stay for a few hours, just sitting and talking and discussing different things. I love that because we don't have much of that in the community. To find different ways to bring that back is really, really big. It makes you realize that what you're doing has like this huge impact. It's something small to somebody who has it frequently, but to someone who doesn't have it frequently, it's this big thing. To know that I'm impacting somebody in a different way, I love it. It's awesome."
Table of Plenty also delivers lunches if people can't leave their homes. Wednesday, they had nearly 70 orders and they said that's usually the norm.