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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A small, family owned cafe and bakery in Florence is on a mission to feed the homeless and needy in the community.
Dana and Shaun Melton own Imagine That Cafe & Bakery. They started a feeding program, "Leave a Cup, Leave a Bowl."
"I think there's a time in everybody's life where we just need a smile and a good meal," said Dana.
She was inspired by a homeless man in the area who had begged her for money for a can of food.
"It just broke my heart," she said. "So, I just took his hand and I told him, I don't have any money, but I have this restaurant right here and I will be happy to feed you. That's how the program got started and I thought, I would love to be able to do this every day."
However, there are very few funds flowing through the cafe that her and her husband run by themselves. So, they came up with a way for the community to help the cause.
"I thought, what if we had a way for the community to pay it forward."
If you stop by Imagine That for breakfast or lunch, you can add the price of a cup of coffee or meal to your ticket. You can also drop donations into the fund at the checkout counter.
"It gives them not only a place to escape the heat or escape the cold, but it shows them that there are people out there that are willing to help them and to work with them. A little inspiration, a little hope goes a long way."
Imagine That Cafe & Bakery is at 320 N. Court Street in downtown Florence. It's next to Rosie's Mexican Cantina. They are open Tuesday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Thursday and Friday nights they are open for dinner from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Then they have brunch on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
They also deliver. Give them a call at (256) 349-5665. You can tag on funds for the feeding program that way as well.