Love's Kitchen Demand

Love's Kitchen in Meridian is experiencing a significant increase in demand.

Monday morning people were lined outside the door to Love's Kitchen, more than a half hour before it was set to open. According to officials at the agency, some people even sleep outside the building overnight in an effort to get breakfast early.

"Breakfast has doubled or tripled some days. We're getting like 60 or 70 people some days for breakfast," says Love's Kitchen executive director, Fannie Johnson. "Our lunch crowd is getting bigger, but it's changing. We have people who have moved on to other states to find a job."

Johnson says there are also many people the agency serves who work, but don't earn enough money to make ends meet.

Plus, she says some of their patrons are people who are elderly and don't receive enough in public assistance to buy adequate food.

"We have senior citizens who have come and asked us can we give them enough for supper because if we don't they don't know what they're going to eat," Johnson said.

Martha Bell of Meridian was one of the volunteers at Love's Kitchen Monday. For more than ten years she has been delivering hot meals from the agency to elderly residents who live in the eastern and western parts of the city.

"It makes them feel really fantastic. They wait at the door, sitting in the doorway," says Bell.

"This is a great thing because of the poverty level," says Glenn Rowland, one of those served by Love's Kitchen. "When people want to find work and can't get work they can still come here for a good meal and plate to get by without having to do anything wrong. Look at me, I'm a painter and I can't get work and this helps me eat."

With summer break for students soon to start, demand at Love's Kitchen is expected to increase even more.

This summer Love's Kitchen is expected to supply at least 300 lunches daily. Currently it provides anywhere from 250 to 300 lunches each day.

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  • by try it on May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    go down and find that big o boy who had his shirt off yesterday in the park and had his wife with him and ask him to come cut some grass as im sure he will be glad to help you! or go down and tell him to his face that its all his fault and let me know how that works out for you!
  • by pay for your meal Location: meridian on May 16, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    If you are physically able to do anything, you should be willing to do volunteer work for your meals.When you enter the door for a meal there should be a sign-up sheet for various jobs around the city of Meridian. If you are unwilling to sign it, then you should not be allowed to eat. A lot of elderly people need their grass cut. This would be better than hanging around the tracks on B street doing nothing, like you can witness daily.
  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on May 15, 2012 at 01:53 PM
    Why is there an increased need at all, according to the news media and the current administration, the economy is recovering. Surely they wouldn't be lying??? LOL
  • by LOVE Location: MERIDIAN on May 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM
    love thy neighbor! I just want you to know that you should not judge. My father-in-law had to visit loves kitchen and he drove a nice car. He purchased it before he became sick. His car was paid for luckly because after he became sick his medicine took all his income. he barely had enough to pay to keep his power on. so don't judge people by what they drive you probably don't know their story.
  • by lucky 13 on May 15, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    How much food aid + cash do we give to other countries that hate us and hide bad guys from us or hold american citizens hostage! I say take care of our own 1st + always as I have seen even an old retired couple there and I gave them sum fish I had caught and the gentleman had a hat on wit the name of a navy ship on it and ii can't be the one to judge them for I have never walked in their shoes and judge not lest ye be judged!
  • by WOW Location: Right Here on May 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM
    I'm amazed with this story. Love's Kitchen is a great place and does a great service. Good Story, but did you see the guy that they showed towards the end of the story? Eating a free meal and talking on his cell phone. From the looks of his bag on the table, he must have just got through shopping before he came to take advantage of that free meal.
  • by Jody Location: Union on May 14, 2012 at 04:58 PM
    I hope none of you fall on hard times. You know what?! Let these people abuse the system if they are because when you automatically assume that EVERYONE is doing that. YOU will be the one denying help to the needy. The Bible teaches us to HELP the poor. Do it for the right reasons and let the Lord seek judgment on those that misuse it.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    Great job Love's Kitchen! Who cares what the people drive? If someone is in need of food then we should be thankful that we have a place that they can go to. It isn't like they are handing out money for these people to go purchase their own food. My husband and I both have very good jobs, but every month we find ourselves having to borrow money in order to make ends meet. We have nice vehicles and we dress nice. The ONLY thing that keeps us out of Love's Kitchen is our families willingness to help us month to month. I think it is time to stop judging people...Obviously that isn't helping anything.
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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 05:14 AM in reply to
      Sounds to me like you need to read your own post and really take a long hard look at your situation. If your husband and you both have VERY good jobs and you can't make ends meet, then you are living far above your means. Maybe you need to downsize your nice vehicle and nice clothes. As far as "who cares what people drive", if you can't afford food then you can't afford an escalade.
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      by Standing on the side on May 15, 2012 at 08:33 AM in reply to
      If their priorities are on a nice vehicle, and nice clothes, then Yes, by all means, let them line up for free food, and maybe take away from those unemployed, without any assistance that really and truly need to eat. I guess I'm with Jody, the Lord can seek judgment on those that misuse it.
  • by longshot on May 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
    there is more people walkn and homeless around meridian than i have ever seen! and that dont count the ones living in their car for many are lossing houses but keeping the car to live in and go to work. 200000 folks lose their unemployment this week and they will be hungry so if loves kitchen dont feed em they will look for food elsewhere, and yeah i helped rut the roof on it with the help of the marines as the navy gals where a lil scared up on the roof they got the job done! me and a drill sergeant toted shingels up a ladder till we where wore out, and to thats meridian for you i hope you and yours never find yourself in that position for we could all wake up one morn and the world not be the same, are you prepared! food and ammo stored, solar panels and generators, water purification system? i pray you are my friends!
  • by Outraged! Location: Meridian on May 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM
    The demand should not increase over the summer because MPSD is offering free breakfast and lunch everyday to students. This also includes free transportation! Our tax dollars at work....
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