They had planned a lavish wedding reception for their daughter Tamara. But with just over a month to go for the big day, the wedding was called off.
Parents Carol and Willie Fowler had paid for the fourcourse meal and the venue, and they didn't want it to go to waste.
So the kind-hearted Atlanta, US couple called up a local charity, Fox News reported. They wanted to know if they could donate the food.
Initially, the bosses at Hosea Feed The Hungry thought it was a joke. But after Mrs Fowler explained the situation to them, the charity realised the offer was legitimate. They agreed.
She said: "We prayed about it.
And when he (Mr Fowler) woke up the next morning, he said, 'We're going to call Hosea Feed the Hungry and ask if we can donate it to the needy'."
On the appointed day last week, 200 of Atlanta's homeless and their families, including several children, gathered at the Villa Christina restaurant for a meal served with all the traditional flourishes.
"The hors d'oeuvres were very interesting because the children were wondering, 'could we take the whole tray, or do we just take one off of the tray'?" Ms Elizabeth Omilami, the head of Hosea Feed The Hungry, told radio station WBUR.
"So this was an educational opportunity as well, because now they all know how to eat at a four-course meal and the etiquette involved in that."
Many of the guests were not accustomed to the gold plates and crystal stemware, or the formal presentation of the food, the New York Daily News reported.
The Fowlers did not reveal why the wedding was called off.
Mrs Fowler said that her daughter was in attendance and also ended up enjoying herself.
The family plan to host a similar event, paid for by sponsors, next year.
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