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Friendship Diner has been feeding the community's hungry for 15 years

Susan Kendrick Lauhoff • Sep 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM

The hearty breakfast and fellowship offered by the Friendship Diner every weekend morning may be the only decent meal some eat throughout the entire week. Open from 6 to 8 a.m., every Saturday and Sunday, as many as 150 people have been served at one time and eaten the same menu: bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits, gravy and Richard Thomas’ made-to-order pancakes.

In 1997, David Lively and Sunday school classmates opened the Friendship Diner in The Woodyard Center at 100 Church Circle through First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport. Lively has been involved since its inception and was recently recognized as the recipient of a $10,000 Northwestern Mutual Foundation grant that will benefit the diner’s efforts as the headcount of recipients grows.

Lively defers any credit and lifts others for the success of the program.

"Gail Pressler is the "rock" of the diner. She is there most every Saturday, making biscuits (around 3 a.m.) and organizing the volunteers (10-12 per meal). Ross Brogden has taken a load off me by scheduling the Sunday volunteers...," Lively said.

"I would really like to emphasize how important all the volunteers are to making the program go... Without them, there would be no diner."


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