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.
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.