Mission: Our mission is to provide food for those who are in need and to empower them through our partnership with other community and social agencies to take control of their lives and improve their life situation.
Results: We have seen several individuals move from the streets into affordable rooms and apartments as the result of our assistance in connecting them with the proper social agencies. Through fundraising we have purchased a new industrial stove and obtained funds to accommodate the increasing numbers of people in need.
Target demographics: Homeless, low income individuals and families
Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,500 individuals we have served hot meals to and given access to health screenings and social services though our partnering organizations in the past year.
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia and surrounding counties
Programs: The feeding program; health screenings; access to community resources; community computer lab for job searches etc .
The soup kitchen provides me with a source of nutrition as well as a place to be in touch with the people in and around my community. It proves me with a sense of camaraderie. I can see that there is hope in America for the underclass and the spirit of giving is still alive. The volunteers from the various schools and organizations is impressive. I feel that it is a positive part of the neighborhood. I enjoy coming to the kitchen which also provides spiritual input to those who are down on their luck.
The way the church and the food cupboard helped me is giving the Lord's word. That helps me through the days of my life. They give you food for your body. But the main thing is giving the Lord's word. And they help you in any kind of way that they can help you with. And the people who work in the soup kitchen they all are very nice people to be dealing with the public.