The Old Klondike Bar on Route 38 outside of Rochelle has a new life and a new mission, it helps feed the hungry.

Carolyn brown of Ashton, IL turned the old dilapidated bar into a soup kitchen called the Kitchen Table.

According to WREX Carolyn and her husband Grant bought the place for just $6,000 and over the course of "three years-,they have invested a lot of sweat, hard labor and $80,000 of their own money."

Carolyn has always helped others with meals when they down and needed a hand and opening the Kitchen Table is just an extension of who she and her husband are. She says that this place is "really about bringing our community back together."

"People who come in have three options. They can pay the price it cost to make the dinner, tonight's feature item is a Sloppy Joe, volunteer their time to help serve the food, or just enjoy the meal with the people around. No other questions asked."

Last Thursday was their first day. Volunteers served 111 meals and raised $1,500. They're open on Tuesday and Thursdays and already hope to expand.

Wow! Isn't that awesome! Carolyn and Grant truly have a heart and love for people and they are living it.

If you're interested in helping or learning more about the Kitchen Table visit their facebook page: The Kitchen Table or their website at

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