Donate to the Love Kitchen

How would you like to be an active part of helping others in need? You can; by donating to The Love Kitchen! Donations of supplies or food are used for The Love Kitchen’s facility, pantry, and emergency food bags. Monetary donations are applied toward operational needs such as utilities and maintenance.

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Volunteer at
The Love Kitchen

If you would like to do something important and lasting, please join us at The Love Kitchen. Guided by dedicated volunteers, The Love Kitchen offers concerned citizens the opportunity to reduce human suffering in a land so bountiful that none should go hungry.

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Volunteer for
Meal Delivery

The Love Kitchen really needs people who would like to volunteer to deliver meals to our elderly, disabled, and homebound recipients. The meals are delivered on Thursday afternoons and a route usually takes about an hour to complete.

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Love Kitchen Beginnings

In 1984, Helen Ashe first dreamed of creating a program to serve the needy of Knoxville. One day as she was watching television she saw a soup line operated by the Church Street United Methodist Church and she knew then what her mission was to be. Her twin sister, Ellen, quickly shared in her excitement and joined in her new quest.

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    Welcome to the Love Kitchen

    When you come to the Love Kitchen, either as a volunteer or someone in need; that is the welcome you will receive. Well, that and one of the biggest, warmest hugs you can possibly imagine. Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner, the founders, welcome each and every new person coming to the Love Kitchen as if you are visiting them at their home.

    The Love Kitchen provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to homebound, homeless and unemployed persons. We work with local agencies to provide meals, secure used clothing, and donate services in the hope of promoting the self-sufficiency of those we serve. The organization has no paid staff; all donations go to those who need it most. Our ultimate goal is to provide nourishment for anyone who is hungry and to establish a community center to serve as a safe haven supporting area children and their families.

    Volunteers Needed for Meal Delivery

    The Love Kitchen really needs people who would like to volunteer to deliver meals to our elderly, disabled, and homebound recipients. The meals are delivered on Thursday afternoons and a route usually takes about an hour to complete.

    The Reward???

    You will be providing much needed food to people who cannot get out and cannot cook for themselves. You also get to see the “magic” of the Love Kitchen firsthand through the eyes of those who need it most. Many of our recipients have no visitors other than the once-a-week meal delivery driver. You can make a BIG difference in someone’s life by providing that cheery greeting and nice smile each and every week. Please think about it and if you are interested, check out our Volunteer page for more info. (we also provide complete maps so you won’t get lost).

    Media Inquiries

    Please do not make a request directly to Helen or Ellen.
    Please direct all media requests and inquiries via our Media Inquiries page. Due to the overwhelming number of requests, we must insist on using our website or your request will most likely be turned down.