The Friendship Kitchen in Parkersburg celebrates ten years of dedication and serving the community. They serve an average 150 meals every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Kitchen starter, Suzy Meredith, says no one is turned away.
"Friendship kitchen is for anyone and everyone, all walks of life. We might have a banker sit down and eat lunch and we may have a person living under the bridge that will sit down and eat lunch. Anyone and everyone is welcome," explains Meredith.
She says she started the kitchen trying to provide a safe and friendly environment for those who find themselves alone in some way.
Meredith says the volunteers are at their best when serving others.
"It's warm in the winter and cool in the summer and it's a safe place that anyone can come to have a good meal, that was one of the main reasons why we started it. There were just so many people that we could see that were lonely and some of them were retired school teachers, others had good jobs with chemical companies," explains Meredith.
The kitchen is supported completely by donations and volunteers.
Meredith invites everyone in the community to come volunteer or join them for a meal to celebrate their tenth year of service.
The kitchen is located next to the Wood County Library in Parkersburg.