"This idea was sort of germinating as we were getting to know the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, and it felt like putting those two things together, an organization that was coming up with a new way to provide hospitality to people in our city who weren't likely to receive it, along with what to do with our excess product from Federal Donuts, just came together to make something magical," Cook said.
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Further proving the concept's success is The King's Kitchen, an acclaimed restaurant from Charlotte, North Carolina, that has been serving up what Charlotte Magazine once declared was the best southern food in the city, while also helping out disadvantaged locals since 2010.
All of The King's Kitchen's profits go toward its mission. The restaurant not only feeds the hungry, but also uses what it calls the "King's Kitchen Restoration Program," a five-part training program that employs, trains and ministers to the homeless, the poor, troubled youth, rehab graduates and others.