Urban summer vegetable gardens are in full bloom all over Detroit, and the fresh produce is packed with nutrition. Capuchin Soup Kitchen is using these fresh fruits and vegetables to help nourish the bodies and souls of those who would otherwise go hungry.
Brother Jerry Johnson, executive director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, was with us in studio and said that, "We believe there is a connection between how we listen and care for the earth, and how we listen and care for one another and the table is a place where all of that can come together."
Alice Robinson wraps utensils in napkins to prepare for her monthly luncheon at MLK Park in Long Beach on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Mrs. Robinson and her friends have been serving lunch for 15 years using donations and her own money to feed people in the neighborhood.
Alice has given away 13,782 meals to the hungry over the past 15 years – all funded by her own fixed income. Well, the number stood at 13,782 until Wednesday, when she added at least 50 more people to that list during the program’s 15th anniversary celebration. “I feel good,” she said as she watched people flood into Martin Luther King Jr. Park for the festivities. “I feel good about it.”
Alice, who at 80 years old uses her Social Security income for the meals, said she began giving away free meals once a month at the park because she wanted to emulate her mother. “When everybody came to our house, they always ate,” Alice said. “They never went away hungry. They’d come seven days a week, and she fed them seven days a week.”
He is faster than a speeding stroller, more adorable than a kitten, and able to get a stranger's attention with a single courtesy. This is America's latest superhero -- and the only superhero with the power to feed the homeless. By day, Austin Perine is a mild-mannered 4-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama. But once a week, he turns into this alter ego: a superhero set on feeding as many homeless people as possible. He likes to go by the name "President Austin."