Lee Anne Gilkey, Director of King’s Kitchen Summer Feeding Program, was in studio Friday morning to talk to WPKY about King’s Kitchen.

Lee Anne told listeners that this will be the fifth year for King’s Kitchen and that over the past four years they have served, in total, 24,000 meals. The program provides three home-cooked meals a week during the summer for children who may not have access to food. They serve on average 250 kids a week. The county wide program runs fully on donations and volunteer help and Lee Anne stated that the program is always in need of volunteers to cook, prepare, and deliver meals. She expressed that anyone in the community can help, the program isn’t just a Southside Baptist Church thing, several county churches participate, as well as individual community members. Those interested in volunteering can volunteer as much or as little as their schedule allows, whether that’s helping each day for the full eight week duration or only helping one day. Those who plan on volunteering do need to let Lee Anne know so that she can plan accordingly. Those interested can call her at 270-625-4627.

King’s Kitchen will run from June 4th through July 27th, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, minus July 4th. Independence Day will fall on a Wednesday this year so they will not deliver meals, however they will give each child a bag full of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare, meals to hold them over until they resume delivery on that following Friday.

Lee Anne then stated that they are working on some menu changes this year and will add things like chicken breast sandwiches with carrots and celery and ranch, pork tenderloin sandwiches and green beans, chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese, and possibly some type of burrito. Lee Anne said that she will be finalizing the menu very soon. She then went on to say that while they buy most of the food in bulk they still rely on donations of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare, meals as well as crackers, cereal, pasta (like spaghetti noodles and elbow macaroni), cookies, etc to provide the weekly meals. King’s Kitchen is partnering with the George Coon Public Library for a food drive next week, April 8th through the 14th. People can bring those non-perishable items to the library throughout the week and all will be donated to King’s Kitchen. For every five items you donate, your name will be entered to win fun prizes given away at the end of the week.

Lee Anne then said that forms will be sent home with all school aged children the end of April or early May to sign up for the program. If there is more than one child in each family that will receive meals the family only has to fill out one form, just indicate how many children will be receiving meals and their names. Lee Anne also said that for those who have children over age 2 but are not yet in school and they will need summer meals you can contact her at 270-625-4627 to sign up. Sign ups will also be done at the pickup locations at the start of the program for any child who didn’t receive a form or didn’t get their forms turned in. Lee Anne did note that a child can only be signed up on site if the child is present.

Lee Anne also stressed that King’s Kitchen is for the entire county, including Fredonia, so if a child signs up a meal will delivered to them. Drop-off locations include Second Baptist Church, Northside Baptist Church, Southside Baptist Church, Hillview Court, Hyacinth Village, Grace Court, Dotson Park, Cooper Circle (only if there are children there who need to receive meals), and the ballpark in Fredonia. Lee Anne also mentioned that for anyone who will sign up to have their meals delivered to their homes to include a contact number. This is to make sure meals will be delivered to the right place and that children will be home when they are delivered.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer you can contact Lee Anne at 270-625-4627. Those who wish to donate monetarily can send donations to King’s Kitchen c/o Southside Baptist Church at P.O. Box 684, Princeton, KY 42445.

You can catch the full interview with Lee Anne Gilkey below.