LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Inside Lucretia's Kitchen in Louisville's Russell neighborhood, volunteers are cooking up something special for the community. The restaurant is partnering with other local organizations to host a back-to-school supply drive this month.
The "Kitchen to Classroom" drive has been active since July 9 and organizers will accept items through July 31. The groups are hoping to collect 200 backpacks filled with school supplies that can be given out to families in the Louisville area.
"I want them to feel reassured - like somebody has their back," said Lucretia Thompson, owner of Lucretia's Kitchen.
Organizers also hope to lift spirits up with a Back to School Bash on July 31. The celebration will feature performances, free haircuts, food and a DJ. The goal is to have a good time while helping local families during the back-to-school season.
"I want them to see joy. I want them to see love. I want them to see community," said Christian Butler, the outreach specialist for Russell Place of Promise.
Other organizations involved in the event include Sowing Seeds of Faith and Chef Space.
Kitchen to Classroom Back to School Bash
Saturday, July 31
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
1812 W. Muhammad Ali
The following items will be accepted for the school supply drive:
- Wide space notebooks
- Assorted 2-pocket folders
- Colored pencils
- Kleenex packs
- Hand sanitizer
- Pencil sharpeners
- Loose-leaf paper
**Shoe donations will also be accepted at the event on July 31
Items can be dropped off at these locations:
Chef Space (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Philly's Best Frozen Desserts (Sunday-Saturday, noon - 8 p.m.)
3912 Bardstown Road
307 Wallace Ave.
Kentucky Straight Ice (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m.)
511 Obyrne Ave. Suite 202
Bae's Bakehouse (Thurs.-Fri, 8 a.m. - noon; Sat.-Sun., 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
1164 S. Brook Street