Though Heaven’s Kitchen is not yet open, there was a Thanksgiving meal, and Riley said parishioners took food to Boxtown, where the recipients were very thankful for it. The target date to open is after the first of the year, he said.
“We were gonna wait on the Thanksgiving thing, but the Bible says feed the hungry,” Riley said.
“We’re blessed with our outreach. We gave away food to 700 people in May.”
At an October giveaway, he said, there were probably 400 people.
The kitchen is still more or less in the vision stage, according to the assistant pastor, but they do plan to be open seven days a week and to minister especially to their neighbors in the West End.
He said he and Pastor Pete Aldrich would like to see the facility be a place where youth in the area can go after school for food, fun and fellowship, making it a good balance with PowerHouse on the other side of town.
“We’re still trying to put it into action,” he explained, adding they’ll probably start out slow, perhaps with one meal a day, and go from there.
They’re working with the Daviess County Health Department to make sure the kitchen meets the required standards and already have had some donations, according to Riley.
“We’ve had people from all over town, all kinds of businesses, want to donate food,” he said.
They’d like to see different churches in the area each provide volunteers to run the kitchen one day a week. Another hope is that local youth leaders will get involved with programming for after-school activities.
“Volunteers and donations are always good,” Riley stated matter-of-factly.
Anyone wishing to help further the mission of Heaven’s Kitchen can contact Victory Tabernacle Church.