Lee Anne Gilkey, Director of King’s Kitchen, was in studio Wednesday morning to talk to WPKY about King’s Kitchen and it’s mission to provide meals to children in need during summer months.

King’s Kitchen began four years ago when Gilkey realized that God was telling her it was time to do something now. She had thrown the idea around for several years, but had never made that step forward, but when she did, it blossomed. During the first year the program received $21,000 in donations, $19,000 of that was used to get the program off the ground, and for the past four years the program has fed anywhere between 200 and 300 children throughout the summer.

Six meals are rotated throughout the summer and include good home cooked food, including homemade mac-n-cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, fruit, burgers, hotdogs, and more. Gilkey said they could go through as much as 18 gallons of green beans in a day. Meals are served every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting right around noon.

All meals are cooked at Southside Baptist Church, but it’s not just a Southside thing, or even a church thing, it’s a community thing. They are always in need of volunteers to cook, bag meals, and deliver. New this year, King’s Kitchen will be attempting to reach more children out in the county who can’t get to town to pick up meals, so more volunteer delivery drivers are needed. Cooking begins every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8am and delivery drivers begin leaving at 11:30am. If you’d like to volunteer, you can just show up, this year meals start June 5th and will go till July 28th. If you can’t volunteer but would still like to help, King’s Kitchen could use pasta noodles, such as macaroni and spaghetti, Snack Pac puddings, fruit cups, cookies, and even brownie mixes.

If you have a child, or know of a child, who would like to receive meals you need to return the registration form by Friday, May 19th. All children should have been sent home with a registration form, so just fill out the form and get it back to the school by Friday. If you have more than one school aged child, you can just fill out one form, make sure to put all of the children’s names and ages on the form before returning it.

If you have any questions or want more information about King’s Kitchen, you can call Lee Anne Gilkey at 270-625-4267.

You can watch the full interview below.