Heather Miller has found new friends in her effort to feed the homeless in Tulare.
This week, with financial backing from Tulare City Council and donations from community members, Miller plans to host an event where up to 80 people can get a free, hot meal.
That’s the largest number in the two years Miller has been cooking and delivering food to the homeless. A few weeks ago, Miller delivered food for 27 people, after making a second trip to her home.
“They were so thankful for it,” she said.
Last week, Miller addressed council members and asked for help. Councilman Carlton Jones requested unused money from the previous fiscal year budget be made available. The money pays for regulatory fees.
“This would be an awesome reason to tap into some of that money,” he said.
In addition, the city will likely make in-kind donations.
Miller said local businesses have pledged donations such as food, water and ice. Mayor David Macedo, said Miller’s request for help would likely get plenty of support from locals.
“If we got this into the right hands, there would be several people who would be willing to help,” he said.
Miller said she is pleased that local businesses have pledged to help.