Mary's Kitchen

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”
Matthew 25:35-36


Mary’s Kitchen serves a warm, nutritious meal every day Monday – Saturday and all holidays.

Address: 110 N. Independence Street, Kinston NC

The serving hours are 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. each day.

Upcoming Events:

Click here to download a PDF version of this invitation...For Volunteers of Mary’s Kitchen...

Celebrating 30 Years of Serving
Mary's Soup Kitchen
July 1984 - July 2014

You are cordially invited to be our "Guest of Honor"
Friday Night, August 22, 2014 at King's Restaurant - 6:00pm
You must register with Marilyn Wiggins, Director
by August 13th.
Your admission ticket will be given to you at the door.

Recent Events & Photos

Jimi Hill, representative of Community Churches of United Ministries presents a $500 check to Marilyn Wiggins, Director, for Mary’s Soup Kitchen.

Spirit Aerosystems partners with Mary’s Soup Kitchen. At left, Jeff Black and Don Blake, representatives of Spirit Aerosystems present a $10,000 check to Mary’s Soup Kitchen. Accepting this amazing gift, left to right, Volunteer Margaret Butler, Director Marilyn Wiggins, and volunteers P.C. Barwick, Rosa Chaney and Mary Hosea.


Mary’s Kitchen has been serving the less fortunate of our community since July of 1984.

The mission of this ministry is simple; to feed the hungry in our community. Regardless of your station in life, when you pass through the doors of Mary’s Kitchen, you are welcomed and you will be fed a nourishing meal.

The motivation for Mary’s Kitchen is found in Matthew 25:35-36: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

When we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, and welcome the stranger, we are feeding, clothing, visiting and welcoming none other than Jesus himself. We can become overwhelmed with all the problems of this world, but the Gospel is very clear in what we are called to do: Jesus said, “As you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to me.” This is the mission of Mary’s Kitchen.

Hot soup, sandwiches, and plate lunches are served six days a week from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and on all holidays. These meals are all prepared by our creative volunteers using the food available at the time. We will serve 125 – 140 people each day. Contributions and foods donated go directly to feeding the hungry.

After food and supplies, utilities and maintenance are the greatest expense. Mary’s Kitchen receives wonderful support from local churches, businesses, the United Way, Fema, and the community at large. Mary’s Kitchen relies totally on volunteers, and at the present time, this is our greatest need. We must add new volunteers to our weekly teams. Many of our volunteers have served over 10 years, a few having served over 18 years.

We are in need to recruit new volunteers who can also serve as a leader. You do not have to be a professional cook. If you are looking for Christian fellowship, a place to serve others, and can commit to one morning each week, please contact me. I can be reached at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Monday through Thursday. Or by phone 252-523-6146 or e-mail me at