The TV cooking host and the singer make over a Cincinnati soup kitchen

By Michael Y. Park
November 09, 2009 09:30 AM
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If it’s true that a full belly makes for a happy soul, Rachael Ray has put smiles on enough souls to fill a good part of heaven, thanks to her good deed for the city of Cincinnati.

The TV cooking-show and award-winning talk-show host and walking name brand unveiled a makeover for a soup kitchen in the struggling city, with help from native Nick Lachey on Saturday.

“This town has been devastated,” Ray said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We want to do something for them that will last much longer than one meal, one day.”

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Ray, 41, supplied new kitchenware and furniture for Our Father’s Kitchen, as well as supplying the day’s hungry with casserole, green beans, ham and roast beef.

Perhaps more importantly, they walked away having worked to find jobs – as well as turkey and apple pie to take home.

“This is one community out of a multitude across the country that needs help,” Lachey said, “and what I’m hoping is that this raises awareness about hunger and pushes people to go out in their own communities, help out.”