After more than 20 years in existence, Love's Kitchen is getting a new home. Located at 801 18th Avenue near Frontage Road, work on the new facility officially began Thursday.
Officials say the new facility is so direly needed because they are not able to fix up the current one, which is located by St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
"This is a building that Love's Kitchen does not own," says Love's Kitchen executive director, Ruth Irwin. "Due to the fact that we don't own that building we could not get any funding for fixing and making it better."
Serving more than 700 plates daily to the homeless and people who are homebound throughout Lauderdale County, Irwin says the new facility will increase the number of people they can serve to at least one thousand or more daily. However, that's not all.
With many people who are homeless in the area living near railroad tracks, in the woods and even near creeks, Love's Kitchen officials say the new, more visible location will be a great help to many!
"There are really homeless people all throughout our community and I would say probably anywhere from 10 miles or more, people walk to get a place," says Irwin.
Michael Wass says he knows all too well about how difficult walking to the current Love's Kitchen location can be. Although he tries to walk there daily to get hot meal, he says some who are homeless just aren't able.
"There are a whole lot of homeless people who can't make it that way and they stand down here and they’ve got to eat out of dumpsters and stuff. This location will help them out," says Wass.
Set to open in October, the new state-of-the-art facility is expected to costs at you $250,000. While a great deal of the materials and labor for the project is being donated, officials say money for it is still needed.
To donate, all you have to do is go by any Citizen's National Bank. Special funds for the project have been set up at these sites.
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