Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs visited The Love Kitchen on Thursday, a very special anniversary.
Fitting with the name, sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner opened the Love Kitchen 33 years ago on Valentine’s Day. Their mission was to feed the hungry in and around Knoxville.
Every year since its opening, Knox County and people in the community have helped with that mission through Concord Park’s Festival of Lights. This year, six barrels of canned goods and more than $2,700 was given to the organization.
“Love Kitchen’s an institution here and provides a great community service. They don’t turn anyone away. I just can’t speak highly enough about the work that they do here,” said Jacobs.
The Love Kitchen is completely volunteer-run. That means 100 percent of those donations will go directly toward continuing the sisters’ mission.