New restaurant rules could help homeless

By Anna Carrera

Published 02/28 2014 10:28PM

Updated 03/03 2014 09:15AM

CHAMPAIGN -- Changing a city ordinance could bring new opportunities for hungry people. City leaders say they had the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in mind when they talked about changing the definition for restaurants. The non-profit wants to expand someday to serve food on the weekends, but would have to stay within a church. But, if it could count as a restaurant, group leaders would have more options for where to open.

"Being able to serve and take care of the community should be a number one priority of every small town and every city," said Justin Kelley, who is the beverage manager at Destihl. "The homeless and the hungry shouldn't have to be homeless or hungry. Everybody should have to play a part and be able to do a role."

Now guests need to pay for food in order for it to be considered a restaurant. The new definition would remove that part of the ordinance.

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