PITTSBURG — For the past year The Lord’s Diner has brought a warm meal to the underserved and many others.
The diner celebrated its one year anniversary with the Pittsburg Noon Rotary, which was also celebrating its 101st birthday.
Over 58,000 meals have been served this past year, the diner run by a staff of two to three people, with several volunteers dedicating their time every night.
The volunteers also include Rotary, which announced its flagship program, the “Give 365 Squared Program.”
The program is to help the diner continue to be a success, Noon Rotary President Kathleen Flannery said.
The program works by having 365 people pay for the cost of food for one day.
Plans are still in the work to make this possible, with hopes of serving 365 people for 365 days.
“It would make an incredible dent in this place,” Chair of The Lord’s Diner Advisory Council Joe Dellasega said.
To help kick-start the program, Rotary presented an $8,000 check to the diner.
Flannery, who has also volunteered at the diner said the program will help patrons in many ways, from a full, warm belly, to their soul.
“The patrons here are treated as true guest,” she said.
Diner Volunteer Karen McCormick has been around since the beginning, she watched the “wish list” on the board in the kitchen be marked off one by one throughout the year.
The Lord’s Diner, to McCormick, has more purposes to the underserved than just the relief of hunger, it provides hope for the next meal, she said.
“As a volunteer, it is a joy to come and serve, to benefit those we serve … not only is it a physical relief of hunger, it also instills hope … it really instills hope in Pittsburg and the guests,” she said.
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