|Since 2011 the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen has been providing free meals to the Galesburg area.
The original program was call the Lunch Spot--providing free sack lunches for students and families of District 205 during winter break.
Organizers quickly realized the need to expand the service beyond the school district to all of Knox County.
Joel Ward with KPCK tells the WGIL Morning News they started out with some big ideas of how to feed the county but readjusted to better suit the needs of the community.
"We had a grand idea, actually, of putting on two meals a week. We pared that down a little bit after doing some research and a lot of thinking and talking," Ward said. "We started doing potlucks. That evolved into being invited into Central Congregational Church. They have a wonderful facility -- nice kitchen and dining area. We've grown from there, doing two free meals a month."
Ward says the kitchen gets a lot of visitors coming in for a free meal. He says they have regulars and always see new faces.
Ward says for some folks going to the KPCK is the only way they get a night out.
Anyone from the community can stop in the Kitchen and get a meal.