Parish Kitchen opens for lunch at new location

Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor.

The Parish Kitchen, now operated on Madison Ave., a mile south of its former Pike Street location, opened for lunch July 20. It’s still serving to-go meals 11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. daily, this week for the first time at the new site. About 150 guests received meals July 20, with many saying it’s now a closer walk from where they live.

“I like it, it’s a lot better than up there,” said one guest. “It seems a lot bigger. It’s very nice.”

Manager Maria Meyer said the first week is off to a great start, thanks to the support of staff and volunteers and cooperation from the guests. “We are happy to see old familiar faces from the Pike Street location as well as many new faces,” she said. “We look forward to the day when we can invite our guests inside our warm welcoming dining room.”

Another guest, Linda, said the new location gave her an opportunity to revisit the street where she used to live 25 years ago. “I think it’s wonderful. I believe what you folks are doing for folks like us is awesome. It’s wonderful that you’re taking your time to take care of our needs and I believe in that.”

“The new location will provide us ample space to continue Parish Kitchen’s ministry 46 years in the making,” said Ms. Meyer. “We are grateful for the support of the community, our volunteers and donors for making our dream a reality.”