Marcella’s Kitchen raising money for new location

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY — After feeding about 1,500 people a month for nearly seven-and-a-half years, Marcella’s Kitchen in Marshall County, Kentucky, is planning to move into a new building to serve more people. But to do that, the nonprofit sneeds to raise more money.

Marcella Perkins opened Marcella’s Kitchen in May 2011 at 242 Griggstown Road near Draffenville. The nonprofit offers free meals to people from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays — no questions asked.

“We just welcome them, and love on them and just let them come in and have a good meal,” said Perkins.

Perkins told Local 6 her nonprofit, made up of volunteers, has cooked about 155,000 meals so far, all in a small kitchen that has only a single five-burner stove. Their current building holds about 70 people.

But, with the poverty level in Marshall County at about 12 percent, demand has been growing. So, the nonprofit plans to move into a much bigger space by January or February of next year. The location being renovated is a former doctors’ office building in Benton, Kentucky.

Perkins says the new location will have a dining room that can seat about 200 people. It will also feature a much larger kitchen space, complete with a bigger stove, two ovens, a walk-in cooler, and plenty of storage space.

“Jesus said that — feed my sheep — and that’s what we’re here to do. We’re trying to do what the Lord wants us to do,” said Perkins.

Perkins says moving into the new space requires raising about $800,000. The nonprofit has already met half the goal, but to raise the rest — plus an additional $100,000 for commercial kitchen equipment — help from the community is needed.

Anyone interested in donating can visit www.marcellaskitchen.com/how-to-donate for information on the different ways to contribute.

Donations can also be made at Marcella’s Kitchen’s Red Basket page, or its GoFundMe page. Folks can also sign up for the AmazonSmile program and chose Marcella’s Kitchen as the charitable organization.

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