Tallahassee Bishop Helps Those Down on Their Luck

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

It would be hard to find a man that gives more than Bishop Keith Johnson. He gives to people he knows and to those he doesn't. He says even his kids give away their allowance to strangers. And this small gesture of kindness helps those down on their luck with food, shelter, and friendship.

No one serves up soul food quite like Bishop Johnson. For the past 11 years, he's been baking chicken, serving up collared greens, and giving out more food than any one person could possibly eat. His restaurant called Bishop's Cafe, it's a stones throw away from the Shelter in Tallahassee, the home of some of his best customers. They may not pay for the food, but it's not about the money.

"We feed a lot of people everyday, homeless people come in and we let them eat for free."

"I left my staff know, anytime anybody from across the street comes in and wants food to eat, feed em."

For Timothy Aldridge, the restaurant is an escape, even if its just once a week. The Miami native lives at the Shelter and stumbled in to Bishop's about a month ago looking for work. To no surprise, Bishop Johnson hired him and fed him on the spot.

"It's nice. He's good."

Same with Jacqueline Jenkins. A year ago, she was down and out, on drugs, and headed down the wrong path. But Bishop Johnson stepped in and today, Jacqueline is clean and sober.

"He's a leader that cares about his sheep. When one of us don't come to church, he goes looking and calls for us. If we're hungry, like my house caught on fire, he makes sure I had everything I need."

But what does Bishop Johnson need? He's a pastor, a restaurant owner, a husband, and father of two. Ask him for a dollar, he'll give you ten. But try to return the favor, and he's not having it.

"I thank God for him because he doesn't turn his back on anybody who's homeless or whatnot

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