Mary’s Kitchen was established in July 1984 as the fulfillment of a dream of the Rev. Dr. John Russell, the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at the time.
Mary’s Kitchen is located at 110 N. Independence Street in downtown Kinston and provides a lunchtime meal 7 days a week, all year long. Anyone is welcome to eat at Mary's Kitchen, no questions asked. On average, approximately 125 meals are served each day.
Over the years it has truly become a community ministry, with monetary and volunteer support from many of the area churches, religious communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and families. These contributions help Mary’s Kitchen with food, maintenance, and utilities expenses.
Mary’s Kitchen is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers serve on assigned day from approximately 7:30 a.m. until noon. For more information please contact the Executive Director of Mary’s Kitchen, Jim Godfrey, at or call 252-523-6146.