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Two Bowling Green Restaurants Welcome Friends, Customers and Homeless for Free Thanksgiving Meals

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Two Bowling Green restaurants are opening their doors on Thursday to offer free Thanksgiving meals. 

The message from Teresa’s Restaurant and Lisa’s 5th Street Diner is that “giving” is the heart of Thanksgiving. The two Bowling Green eateries are expecting to serve a combined total of close to 1,000 free meals on Thursday.

Heather McGuffey, owner of Teresa’s Restaurant on Gordon Avenue, said the restaurant served 400 free Thanksgiving meals last year, and they’re thinking bigger this year.

McGuffey said her family and the restaurant crew are preparing enough food for 500 people, and the guest list is "everyone who walks through the door." 

“We expect anybody that has nowhere to go, no food to eat, homeless, customers, friends, family. It doesn’t matter, we expect them all,” said McGuffey.  

Teresa’s will serve from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Lisa’s 5th Street Diner served 350 meals last Thanksgiving and is planning to increase that to 450 this year. The 5th Street Diner will begin serving at 11 a.m., and will keep going until 1:30 p.m., or until the food runs out.

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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