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Former NBA star Charles Oakley returns to Cleveland to cook for homeless

Oakley and his team of volunteers will help provide approximately 850 meals in one day.

CLEVELAND — “We’re trying to give them hope, try to bless them with a good meal and hope that they can go from there.”

That’s the message from former NBA star Charles Oakley.

The Cleveland native is back in town Tuesday to help give back to the community by cooking and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need at the men’s shelter on Lakeside Avenue.

Oakley and his team of volunteers will help provide approximately 850 meals in one day.

On the menu: French toast, sausage, eggs and bacon for breakfast; burgers, baked beans and salad for lunch; lasagna for the main course.

- Breakfast is being served from 7-8 a.m.

- Lunch is being served from noon until 1 p.m.

- Dinner is being served from 5:30-7 p.m.

Oakley, who graduated from John Hay High School, began his 19-year NBA career as a first-round pick by the Cavs before being traded to the Chicago Bulls.

Oakley is visiting multiple cities including New York, LA and Nashville to feed people in need.

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