Help needed at Rowan County soup kitchen

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ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - The community soup kitchen in Morehead is all about the community helping the community. After nearly three years of operation, however, the kitchen is in danger of having to close its doors for good.

"Actually when we first opened the first day we fed 36, didn't we?" Lula Pecco, with Community Soup Kitchen, asked her husband and co-owner Tony. She continued, "And it just steadily increased from that. So now we feed 200 to 250 a day, and some days we feed more than that."

Some volunteers come and go. Some have been with the Community Soup Kitchen for several years.

"It helps a lot of people. It'd be bad for me, well it gives me something to volunteer. I'd miss being a volunteer," volunteer Phil Glover said.

With a couple hundred meals for families in need going out their doors everyday they're open, the managers say the need for supplies, and help, are constant.

"The community serving the community. You know, it takes volunteers, it takes a community to serve the community," Pecco continued.

The lack of staff has reached a critical level. A full-time registered nurse at nearby St. Claire, she has her hands full already. According to Pecco, it takes at least eight people to run the kitchen duties and line once they start serving Monday through Friday.

"Somebody to clean tables, somebody to get the trash. We do need people to serve on the serving line," said Pecco.

Orders only increase leading into the summer season, and she's afraid if they don't get enough help soon, they'll have to close down.

Since a recent article appeared in the local paper detailing the need for help, some volunteers have come out. But there is still a need for more helping hands.

To find out how you can help, you can contact the kitchen at 606-784-9533.

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