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Morehead soup kitchen serving up relief

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

The Community Soup Kitchen in Morehead stays busy most days, turning out more than a hundred meals for residents in need.

Since the tornado outbreak on Friday, they've gone into another gear. One Lula Pecco, the soup kitchen's owner, described as, "Hectic but smooth."

For Pecco, running a kitchen to help those in need has been a dream, "I've always just had a passion to feed people that are hungry."

Her family members didn't exactly see it that way, at first.

"When she started the soup kitchen, we thought she'd cracked up," recalled her sister-in-law, Liz Pecco, who now helps run the restaurant.

However, now more than ever, Lula's dream is a reality.

In the wake of the natural disaster that ravaged Southern and Eastern Kentucky, this soup kitchen immediately started doing what they could to help those in need.

"We've got this soup kitchen, we could be of some use here," said Lula.

"We've done probably close to 2,500 [meals]," counted Liz, "we've always cooked for a lot of people, but this is overwhelming!"

"That's what we're here for is to help people that are hungry and in need," added Lula.

In just a few days, the kitchen has turned out thousands of meals for Morgan, Menifee, and Magoffin counties and it's making a big difference.

"People need the food. They don't have a place, they need hot meals, and that's what we're doing," said Ronnie Workman, a volunteer delivering the meals.

"They've got people waiting on those items, and it's just a reminder of how urgent this need is," described Johnny Hatfield, a minister who has joined in the delivery.

This kitchen has no intentions of stopping, saying they're slated to keep making meals all week long.

"We've had to work longer and do more, but you know, that's what we're here for. As long as we have the means to do it, we want to help anybody that we can," Lula said.

The Community Soup Kitchen says their greatest need is gallon-sized servings of canned vegetables, adding that they can also make use of monetary donations. To help you can contact the kitchen at 606-784-9533.

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