WILMINGTON, OHIO -- Talk show host and celebrity chef Rachael Ray headed to Wilmington, Ohio to come help a local soup kitchen and give the economically-strapped community a special Thanksgiving celebration and we have a sneak peek of the show.
Rachael Ray and her team, including Nick Lachey, Carter Oosterhouse and Kahi Lee adopted the Wilmington soup kitchen. They surprised them with a complete kitchen and pantry renovation along with a promise to stock their shelves for the year ahead.
Like many towns in America, Wilmington is suffering a severe economic downturn. The DHL shipping center was the town's largest employer, but shut down in January, 2009 leaving thousands unemployed with little hope of finding another job in the area.
With no options left, hungry residents are turning to the town's only soup kitchen for help.
The majority of people coming into the soup kitchen are former DHL employees, and the kitchen is overwhelmed with trying to feed 200 to 300 people per day. instead of their normal few hundred a week.
See the special one-hour episode of Rachael Ray's "Thanksgiving on Main Street" taped in Wilmington on WKYC-TV, at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 25).© 2009 WKYC-TV