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Review for Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Inc., Camden, NJ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Cathedral Kitchen has been feeding people in Camden in for more than three decades. Many years past, I helped by volunteering to serve; more recently, I've been limited to making donations. But over the years I've consistently noticed growth in its professionalism, while the compassion that prompted the kitchen's formation continues. In the old days, there was something of a rough-and-ready approach, as the food came in casseroles (serving eight) that were made in homes by people intent on doing a good deed. Unfortunately, there could also be serious differences in the food's quality. Some was excellent, but some was out-and-out horrible, however much kindness went into its making. That weakness has long been overcome; meanwhile, the organization has expanded beyond its original mission of feeding the hungry (and feeding them good, inviting food) to include programs such as a dental clinic and job training in culinary arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen remarkably appreciative people at the end of the meal.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think some of the outreach to the parishes where the original casseroles came from is less apparent than in the past. So the community-wide interest among local church members might be less than in the past.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I helped serve the food to the guests.