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Since 1974, Parish Kitchen has served a free lunch every day in Covington to anyone who is hungry. What started at Mother of God Church, soon moved to the corner of Pike and Russell, where we served every day for many years. In 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we relocated to our current location, 1651 Madison Ave., at the corner of Madison and 16th Street, still in Covington, KY. For the first 10½ months in our new location, we could only serve meals in a take-out container due to the pandemic, and on June 1, 2021, we cautiously opened our dining room for indoor dining. To maintain safe “social distancing,” we are constantly monitoring the Health Department and CDC guidelines, and we may have to limit the number of people seated at one time. We welcome anyone who enters our doors between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a delicious, wholesome meal and a respite from the elements. We treat everyone with Dignity, Respect, Affection, Attention and Hospitality, our guiding principles. We hope that you will find comfort and community among our staff, volunteers and other guests.

1561 Madison Avenue (Corner of 16th & Madison)

Covington, KY 41011 | Phone: 859-581-7745

If you would like to support us financially please click here to donate!


For those who would like to help us, we gratefully accept homemade desserts, peanut butter sandwiches and other snacks, which you can drop off any day between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. If you are interested in volunteering at Parish Kitchen, we need cooks, servers, outdoor gardening and (in-season) landscaping and other maintenance assistance.  All volunteers should fill out an application(linked immediately below) and must be VIRTUS Compliant.

Interested in volunteering?  Click here to fill out a Parish Kitchen Volunteer Application

What We Do

In 1974 in the urban heart of Covington, Kentucky, Parish Kitchen opened its door and began offering a lunch-time meal, without cost, to all who entered. The same is true today and every day of the year.  365 days a year, a nutritional, lunch-time meal continues to be served without cost, without question, without judgement. Since July 2020, we have been serving in a newly renovated building about one mile south of our former location, still in Covington, Ky, at Madison Ave and 16th Street.

Who We Are

Parish Kitchen is a ministry of the Diocese of Covington, a prominent program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Covington.  We have three paid full-time positions, four paid part-time positions and approximately 200 year-round volunteers cooking and serving meals.


Because we are called: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I assure you, whatever you did for the least of these, my brothers/sisters, you did for me.” Matthew 25:35,40

This is the Mission of Parish Kitchen. Throughout history, good people have responded to this Gospel message in many ways.  Our response is to serve Christ by serving the least of our brothers and sisters, satisfying their hunger and thirst 365 days a year.     

How We Do It

Our mission is made possible because of volunteers who generously give their time, living out their faith through preparing and serving meals, greeting guests, providing home-made desserts, picking up and delivering donations and so much more. Our volunteers’ stewardship of time exemplifies people caring for people.

Parish Kitchen operates almost entirely on generous financial donations from organizations, churches, individuals and businesses in the City of Covington and its neighboring communities.



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 Parish Kitchen Mailing Address:

PO Box 1234, Covington, KY 41012

The Diocese of Covington Catholic Charities USA