Making a Difference: Lexington Rescue Mission expanding lunch ministry

Posted at 1:31 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 18:09:16-04

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX18) - The Lexington Rescue Mission started operations in 2001, since then they have fed the hearts, minds and appetites of anyone who walks through their doors.

LRM's motto is, "reaching hearts, changing lives," and many times that starts with a meal.

"We really consider everyone who comes in here to be our guest, " Kim Livesay of Lexington Rescue Mission explained.

Oftentimes, The Mission is the stopping point in the middle of the day for people staying at other shelters, or a reliable place where anyone or any family can stop in, find community and something good to eat.

"We serve free meals. We don't ask any questions, if you need a meal you come and get lunch, " Livesay said.

Until now, LRM has served lunches four days a week, but they are expanding that service to six days after hearing the need for more.

"A lot of thought actually goes into the meals. We have someone who plans them weeks ahead based on what's been donated or what we have on hand, " Livesay explained.

The balanced lunches are nutritious and hearty, and those dining are waited on restaurant-style by volunteers.

Livesay said, "If we have enough they get seconds, we come and fill their drinks and take their tray away."

The Mission's hope is that feeding the people who walk through their doors also feeds their soul, and is a large first step toward breaking out of the cycle of poverty.

"We want people to feel very cared for and very loved while they are at The Mission, so we want to take good care of them, " Livesay said.

Free lunches are served Monday through Saturday 12p.m. to 1p.m. at 444 Glen Arvin Avenue in Lexington.

Non-perishable donations can also be dropped off at the Glen Arvin location. Visit to learn more.