Local teen feeds those in need for Thanksgiving

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A teenager in Bowling Green has been feeding the homeless for four years, every Saturday and even on holidays.

Ryan Depp, a Student at South Warren High School, created Ryan’s Making A Different Outreach in Bowling Green.

“We’re all human and you know, whenever the world’s dark you need some light in it. It’s just important to do whatever you can to help those in need because in the end we are all going to the same place so it is important to do what you can with the life that you have,” said Ryan.

This morning, he was in a parking lot downtown with the “Waffled It” food truck handing out Thanksgiving meals to anyone in need who stopped by.

“They’re basically my family now, a lot of these people. I’ve known them for so long now and I’ve heard all their stories. It really just brings your heart out when you start to hear it. So you just start to see these people like they are your own,” said Ryan.

Ryan created the outreach program when he was only 13 years old.

Everett Dempsey, a local, said this kind of generosity is essential to those in need.

“Well it helps because I have walked around here homeless myself, starved half to death if it wasn’t for these people, it’s a good, it’s a godly thing. They do it for God. God wants us helping one another,” said Dempsey.

Florence Spooner, another local, is grateful for the work Ryan does for others.

“This is something great because we have a lot of homeless people in this area and some of these people don’t get a meal so this is really a blessing, not just for myself but all the tenants that live in the towers. We got quite a few people there that are older than me and, you know, this might be the only meal of the day,” said Spooner.

If you would like to donate to the nonprofit, you can send money through the app Venmo to @Ryans-Outreach or you can message his Facebook page to find out how to help.