The Lord's Diner reaches a milestone with 5 millionth diner

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

After 16 years of serving up meals to some of the city's hungriest, The Lord's Diner has a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving.

"Definitely pure luck,” guest Ken Norton said.

Volunteers just served Norton the five millionth meal and it just happened to be on Thanksgiving Day.

Over the years, the diner's singular mission has been to serve a nutritious meal with dignity and respect to anyone who is hungry.

The diner operates three separate locations and three food trucks within the Wichita metro and Pittsburg, Kansas area.

"It's a lot of people. It's a lot of food. We are just so grateful that the community has supported us and had our backs through thick and thin,” Director of Volunteers, Sarah Hoffman said.

Norton was the lucky guest and got to take home a gift basket of surprises. He said when he walked in, he had no idea this was about to happen.

"I was like, "Dang." I just came here to get some goulash or something. Maybe a turkey dinner,” Norton said.

The Lord's Diner serves dinner 365 days per year, 7 nights a week and it operates with a small staff and about 6,000 volunteers.

Jean Hanson- Longtime volunteer at the Lord's Diner

"It's fantastic that we've reached that many people. It doesn't seem like it's been 16 years. It doesn't seem like we've fed that many but time flies when you're having fun I guess,” longtime volunteer, Jean Hanson said.

And now the diner is just looking forward to the next million.

"It's a blessing. It's always amazing. At the end of the day, you always feel like you've received so much more than you've given,” The Lord's Diner Administrator, Paul Cater said.