Lawrence woman plans Easter dinner for homeless people in the community; seeks donations

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Article updated at 1:17 p.m. Sunday to add GoFundMe link

A Lawrence woman wants to provide Easter dinner for all of the homeless and houseless people in the community. 

Yolanda Franklin is looking to spread the word and raise donations.

“As yet another holiday season is approaching, it is by far one of my favorite holidays,” Franklin wrote in a Facebook post. “The time where we are not only celebrating the rising of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but to also do something that He did, and that was feeding the people.”

The menu will include ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, collard greens, cornbread, dinner rolls, cake, pie and drinks, Franklin said. 

Dinner will be served starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 4, until the food runs out, at The Commissary, 1910 Haskell Ave. No. 2. Meals will be served to go, in order to stay COVID-safe.

The Commissary has also launched a GoFundMe page with a goal of $1,000 to support Franklin’s efforts. That is available at this link.

“No human should be treated as less than, regardless of the situation,” Amber Brown, founder of the ghost kitchen, wrote on the GoFundMe page. She’ll be smoking all the meats, she wrote.

If you want to get involved, Franklin can be reached at 785-917-9680 or at Please include “Easter Meal” in the subject line of emails.

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