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Poultry crossing: Chicken Chef owner walks across Winnipeg to feed homeless

Why did a group of Chicken Chef employees cross the city? To raise money for a dinner for the Winnipeg's homeless next Saturday.

Restaurant raises money to serve up to 600 meals

Lori Lucas, the owner of the Portage Avenue Chicken Chef location in Winnipeg, wants to raise money to serve up to 600 homeless people next Saturday. (CBC)

Why did a group of Chicken Chef employees cross the city? To raise money for a dinner for the Winnipeg's homeless next Saturday.

The group is walking 22 kilometres on Saturday from the Nairn Avenue Chicken Chef location to the Portage Avenue location.

It's the second year that Lori Lucas, the owner of the Portage Avenue location, has done the walk.

"We got a honk from a fire truck; let me tell you that scared the daylights out of me," she said with a laugh. "It's going really well and I'm really hoping that people will jump on the bandwagon."

Lucas and her staff are bringing awareness and support to a meal they will be serving along with Agape Table, a West Broadway community nutrition centre in Winnipeg.

"We are [serving] 400 homeless for sure and if we raise enough money we can feed up to 600 people. My crew and I, that's what we are attacking today," Lucas said.

For every $5 donated today, one person will be fed. Donations can be made at the restaurant or to the group as they walk.

Lucas said she was inspired to do more by doing the walking with Callie, a young girl who hands out backpacks to people in need, last year. She decided to make the walk annual and called up Dave Cunnin with Agape Table.

"She is an amazing woman with a tremendous heart. I'm so happy she is stepping up and stepping out to help the communities that we feed," he said.

"It's the little things brought about by the general public that keeps us going and keeps the awareness going."

The dinner will take place June 18 at 4:30 p.m. at River City Rides on King Street.

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