Worship Center Christian Church buys Homewood Kale Me Crazy


A Birmingham church bought a Homewood Cafe to provide jobs and healthy eating options in Homewood and later in Hoover and Birmingham city center.

Van Moody, pastor of The Worship Center Christian Church at 100 Derby Parkway in Birmingham, said the church bought Kale Me Crazy in late fall 2021.

“At Worship Center, we believe in living a healthy lifestyle and providing healthy options to help people live their best lives,” Moody said in a press release. “Buying this Kale Me Crazy location is a whole new approach to community development by the church. This allows us to provide residents with opportunities to eat healthier foods, while

at the same time, it allows the church to provide employment for underserved members of our community.

Moody told The Homewood Star he spoke to the CEO of Kale Me Crazy, based in Decatur, Ga., After Homewood Cafe failed to keep up with the success of other locations across the country. After hearing Moody’s thoughts on how to improve the cafe and the lives of its customers, the CEO offered the church the opportunity to purchase the location and bring two more to the area.

Moody said the church was “honored” to serve Homewood and added that as the church takes over the operation of the business it will improve the quality of food and service at Kale Me Crazy, as well. as the renovation of space.

Kale Me Crazy will bring 20 to 30 jobs to each location, providing a way to improve the lives of employees as well as customers, who will benefit from the store’s focus on healthy eating options, Moody said.

The cafes offer “juices, smoothies, salads and wraps to promote a healthy lifestyle,” according to the press release. Moody said that Alabama, as a state, lacks healthy food options and that while this often affects marginalized communities more, everyone suffers.

“There’s a reason marginalized communities remain marginalized,” Moody said. Lack of access to healthy food is one of the “pillars of poverty”, he said.

“I can’t eat better if I don’t have access to better eat,” Moody said.

The expansion of Kale Me Crazy is one way to expand these food options for all communities, Moody said. While this may be a “rock” in the effort to improve food options, it will hopefully have some positive effects, he said.

The church focuses on serving the underserved and has multiple campuses as well as a child development community, counseling center and more. The question church members often ask themselves is, “How do we help people live totally better lives?” Moody said.

The purpose of the church is to help people spiritually, physically, and in every way, Moody said. He and his wife are trying to model that, in part, by living a vegan lifestyle, to show the impact of healthy eating.

The church will also renovate the space, adding wood panels, counter space and new wall decor, Moody said.

For more information about the church, visit twccc.org.


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