“Everyone Has A Good Time” At Grand Buffet’s Thanksgiving Meal For The Needy
By Mike Perleberg
Kevin Wang (right), owner of Grand Buffet in Lawrenceburg, serves meals at the restaurant’s 2016 Thanksgiving Meal for the Needy. Photo provided.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A Lawrenceburg restaurant will forego profits in order to serve needy families and individuals on Thanksgiving Eve.
Grand Buffet is holding a Thanksgiving Meal for the Needy starting at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. It will close its dining room to the public.
Last year, the first-time free dinner provided more than 400 meals. Wang says there may be more than 600 customers this time around.
“We feel confident to say no one will be hungry this Thanksgiving,” Wang says.
With the exception of donated desserts, owner Kevin Wang will donate all the food from his restaurant – all at about $10 per plate.
The Grand Buffet dinner may only be in its second year, but Wang has been feeding hungry people for years. When he was in high school in the Nashville, Tennessee area, he and friends from church would prepare food and deliver it to homeless people in the city’s downtown.
“There is so much going on in today’s world and we can’t help it all. But, if we just focus on our community and backyard, this world would be a much better place,” Wang believes.
Those receiving the free meals have been pre-selected by dozens of local churches and organizations. Volunteers began reaching out weeks ago to Dearborn County area non-profits including Safe Passage, Heart House, YES Home, and the Dearborn County Clearinghouse, where Wang is a board member.
More than 100 people volunteer with Grand Buffet’s Thanksgiving Meal for the Needy either preparing, serving, or delivering meals.
“And everyone has a good time,” he says.
Wang specifically thanked Rachel Reynolds and Andrea Ewan for leading the effort.