ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Community Kitchen is in the business of feeding people.
Director Desmond Barrett makes no qualifiers on that mission, but rather sees the mission as providing a need to anyone who has a need.
“We have a mission,” Barrett said. “And that mission is that no one goes hungry.”
The Kitchen has been in operation for more than 40 years, and in that time has touched an incalculable number of lives; not just through the meals they serve daily, but by providing hope to those who in many instances have no other recourse.
Even during the past week where weather conditions have all but crippled the state and many areas around the country, the Kitchen has been open, serving three meals per day to all those who need them.
“Even with businesses shutting down, we have kept open so we can keep feeding people,” Barrett said. Barrett said that it was important during times such as these to make certain that people can get warm and be fed, a condition that has become more crucial when so many are without electricity and heat.
“Fortunately, we have the resources, and we want to make those resources available to those who need them,” Barrett said. “And we are going to continue to fulfill our mission, even if it means traveling over these treacherous roads.”
Barrett said the area’s homeless population especially are at risk because the extreme weather and frigid temperatures are directly life-threatening to them.
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