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Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Employment Preparation & Procurement, Food, Food Programs, Job Training

Mission: The mission of the Cathedral Kitchen is to provide meals and other services to the poor and hungry of the city of Camden without regard to race, religion or sex. The Cathedral Kitchen gives every consideration to serving its guests with dignity and respect; no person is denied a meal unless he/she poses a threat to others.

Programs: The cathedral soup kitchen serves the poor and homeless of the camden, nj area. It serves meals monday through saturday; in 2014 over 120,000 meals were served. Csk also provides meals to local shelters and halfway houses pursuant to contracts with other local agencies. Free and reduced fee health and dental care are available to camden residents; local partners provide the services at the csk site. Csk also operates a culinary arts training program that trains impoverished individuals. Two 17 week classes are held each year. Csk also provides off site catering services in conjunction with its culinary arts training program. All income derived from the catering and contracts are used to support other csk programs.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of volunteering on a few Saturday's at Cathedral Kitchen. I was very impressed. The organization operates professionally while maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for it's guests. All are treated with dignity and everyone is welcome. The food served is nutritious, balanced and plentiful. The facility is exceptionally clean, has clean restrooms, as well as an easily accessible hand washing center. Guests are often given food to take with them, such a pre-wrapped garden salads. Guests can also choose to eat while at Cathedral Kitchen or they are offered aluminum foil it they choose to enjoy the food elsewhere.

Marie H.


Rating: 5

The Cathedral Kitchen is close to my heart having volunteered there about 20 years and have seen i t grow from a small operation in a church basement to the beautiful building which now house it. My husband and I serve coffee or cold drinks to the guests each Tuesday and then help with the cleanup. Many of the poor who come almost daily, now know us by name . We are greeted warmly and always thanked for our service. More than 300 meals are served daily. It is a joy to give this service.


Rating: 5

As a volunteer for over 15 years I have seen this wonderful organization grow from a small group of very dedicated volunteers serving a warm dinner to poor and homeless of Camden to one which offers counseling, job training, medical and dental care, as well as food to anyone in need. The clients are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. The new facility is warm and inviting and their is always someone willing to listen and spend some time with those less fortunate.


Rating: 5

In one of the most challenging areas of New Jersey a small group of individuals set out to feed a few people in need. It was not long before the realization of how great the need really was and still remains. Thorough grassroots planning and fundraising The Cathedral Kitchen continues to serve those in the area with food, fellowship, dignity and a guiding hand towards self sufficiency. I have seen the difference it is has made in the last 9 years, not only to those receive the much need services but those it who volunteer. They partnership with several schools and community groups to structure meaningful volunteer opportunities to give youths the opportunity to help others and hopefully to instill in their life long value the need to always give back.