LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen in West Louisville spent Christmas Day like any other day – baking and frying chicken, cooking greens, and serving guests. 

However, on Christmas, patrons ate for free.

Every year on the holiday “Big Momma," her staff, and up to 70 volunteers feed members of her church, the community, and the homeless in the area.

Many of the volunteers arrived before sunrise to prep the kitchen for the hundreds of people who are usually lined up out the door.

“We just want to have everybody to come in and be spiritually blessed, physically blessed – it has just been crazy today but a good crazy,” said kitchen manager Sheryl Fox.

Much of the food was donated from local businesses and for a brief moment it looked like the restaurant would not have enough food as the holiday approached.

But that wasn’t the case. 

The Soul Kitchen has been in business on West Broadway for more than 13 years. Many of the volunteers on Christmas tell WDRB it’s an annual highlight to be able to say ‘thanks’ to patrons and feed the community.

“All year long you do have to pay but she gives back to the ones that don’t have it. That’s what it is all about,” volunteer Tyrone Mishaw said.

Fox says she not only wants patrons to be physically filled, but also spiritually, and there is no better day that Christmas for that to happen.

“People are actually giving up their Christmas with their families to come out and to give to everybody else so you know that is a big deal with us,” Fox said.

This year Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen expected to feed more than 1,300 people.

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