Mary’s Kitchen was established in July 1984 as the fulfillment of a dream of the Rev. Dr. John Russell, the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
Mary’s Kitchen is located at 110 N. Independence Street in downtown Kinston (next to the Homeless Shelter) and provides daily nutritious meals to approximately 125 people. The all-volunteer staff serves seven days a week (Monday through Sunday) to anyone in need.
Over the years it has become an ecumenical ministry, with monetary and volunteer support from many of the area churches and religious communities. Contributions received from local churches, religious communities, individuals, businesses, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the United Way and FEMA help Mary’s Kitchen with food, maintenance and utilities expenses.
Mary’s Kitchen is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers work on assigned day from approximately 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.