Family restaurant serves Christmas breakfast to homeless in Minneapolis

December 25, 2018 11:43 AM

People in the Twin Cities are working to make the holidays a little brighter for people struggling with homelessness.

A family restaurant called Our Kitchen in south Minneapolis opened Christmas morning to serve free breakfast to people staying at the Simpson Housing Services shelter.


“I think it's important for people to know there are folks out in the community who care, that are out here helping the community, and like to spend some of their time during the holiday season giving back,” said volunteer Brian Bozeman.

The meals were all made to order, offering anything from steak and eggs to pancakes.

"It makes me feel very special, like I'm actually somebody,” said Howard Lee Westmoreland. “It's a beautiful thing."

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Shelter manager Robert Hofmann said it not only allows their residents to enjoy a warm meal on Christmas but also gives them a place to laugh and enjoy some camaraderie.

The tradition started six years ago. The shelter says it's something many of their residents look forward to all holiday season.

“As soon as the Christmas carols start playing on the radio, they start asking us, ‘Are we going to go to breakfast again this year?’” Hoffman said. “So it really is something they value."

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