ORLANDO, Florida – A woman from Orange County tries to help the homeless by serving them food at Lake Eola.
Kimberly Link was homeless as a teenager herself and is now trying to give back.
She was a nurse for 30 years, but then decided to start a food truck business.
These revenues from the food truck are used to provide meals to the homeless of Lake Eola.
On Sunday, she served homemade chili, salad and cornbread.
“When you feed people, no matter how bad the day has been, you feel a lot better on the inside,” Link said.
According to the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, from September of last year to August of this year, there were more than 3,500 homeless people in Orange County.
People like Javier Ortiz were among those who stepped out on Sunday, grateful for a good home cooked meal. He is originally from Mexico and has lived in Orlando for 20 years.
“I live under the bridge. There are a lot of mosquitoes and you have to wake up almost all the time because you don’t know who’s coming at night, ”Ortiz said.
Ortiz always maintains a positive attitude and said he doesn’t mind working hard to make money doing odd jobs.
“I prune some trees, some bushes, rake and paint,” Ortiz said.
He said that when he made money from it, he could find a hotel to stay.
Link said why she makes these meals, to help people like Ortiz.
“Let them be seen, they are worthy and there are people who love them,” Link said.
Link makes the free meals at Lake Eola every other Sunday, where she saw up to 100 homeless people, and said there were a lot of people in need of help.
She said she would continue to do what she can to serve homemade meals.
“As long as God gives me the strength and the gifts to do it.”