Approximately 60 people lined up for free coffee and breakfast burritos outside outside the Martin Luther King Housing Association downtown on Tacoma Avenue at 7:30 a.m Thursday. The breakfast is provided by the group Nanuri, the Korean word for sharer of love.
The group is a subset of the Korean American Association and has provided breakfast for the homeless for the last seven months.
E.J. Lee, a member of Nanuri, said the group spends $150-$200 out of their own pockets weekly for the once-a-week service.
Lee said when the group first began serving breakfast, fewer then 10 people were taking advantage of the free meals.
Now, the breakfast has become so popular that the group serves in two locations on Thursday mornings. After everyone is helped at the MLK Housing location, the group moves to the front of the old Goodwill building in the 2300 block of South Tacoma Way.
One of those who received a free meal, Sasha, said she has been showing up on Thursdays since this summer. She said she appreciates that the food warms her up.
Nanuri is open to the idea of expansion. "Hopefully we can get some donations," Lee said.
The group meets at First Wisdom Church in Spanaway the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m.