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Valdosta diner feeds the hungry

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A Valdosta diner is feeding the hungry.

Anything on the menu people in need want the diner will cook twice a month.

The owner says it's only the beginning of her journey to help people.

She eventually wants to open a shelter. The Downtown Diner will fix a good meal for the hungry the first and third Saturdays of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Times are getting bad for people and I want to feed people," said Roberta Carmickle.

She says a lot of people are going hungry right now and it's not just the homeless.

"The school teacher down the street that lost his job, the guy that came into town as a transient," said Carmickle.  "It's a disabled veteran, a senior citizen."

Saturday they served 45 adults and 10 children. Some of the children had never had a chocolate sundae. They were treated to one for the first time.

"Some people had tears in their eyes and thanked me and hugged me and it just must made their day," said Carmickle.

Roberta's husband says he's all about giving back.

"Sometimes it chokes me up," said Hank Carmickle. "I'm softhearted, maybe, but I love it."

Feeding the needy and homeless is only the beginning for Carmickle. She hopes to one day open a shelter for both women and men.

"We don't have one," said Carmickle. "This is a metropolitan city. We need a mission."

She's owned the Downtown Diner since October. It's a Valentine diner and a Valdosta landmark that's been around for some 50 years.

Find out how you can donate or volunteer by calling 244-7144.

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