Sunday was Founder's Day at L.O.V.E.'S Kitchen in Meridian. It was a day to recognize the help that the kitchen has offered for so long. It was also a chance to thank the volunteers that make it possible.
"You know one of the first things I learned about Love's is how they feed everybody. Anybody could come and open the door and have a hot meal and they served all. For years this community and L.O.V.E.'S Kitchen has served this community well," exclaims Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry.
Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry was quick to recognize the significant role L.O.V.E'S Kitchen plays in the community. And it has so for many years. Nita Neville knows that more than anyone. She is on the board of L.O.V.E.'S Kitchen. Her husband is the original founder.
"He began it, well started getting it all together by going to churches and trying to organize it back in 1982. They began serving in 1983 in April," explains Neville.
And since 1983, Neville says she and her husband went through a number of ups and downs. If it weren't for the volunteers she doesn't know how they would get through those challenges.
"We are so proud of all of our volunteers, all of the people of Meridian who help us keep this going."
That's what stands out the most to Neville: the volunteers. Because of them, L.O.V.E.'S Kitchen is able to provide food for those who need it the most.
Mayor Barry believes this is an organization that provides needed help in the city.
"Love's Kitchen has feed so many people for so many years. I don't know what we would do without this kitchen that takes care of the needy and feeds and hungry soul comes through our community. And I'm very grateful for Judge Neville and Mrs. Neville for helping and all of the volunteers who have given time and financial donations to L.O.V.E'S Kitchen."
So what about the L.O.V.E'S future?
"We are a community organization. If it weren't for the community we would not be able to do what we do," says Fannie Johnson the Director of L.O.V.E'S Kitchen.
"Someday I hope we can serve three meals a day if our donations get to that point. Maybe even serve seven days a week," says Neville.
If you would like to help you can give money, food, other items, or your time.