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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was employed at a major university in Camden and wanted to find a way to give back to the Camden community. I knew a little about the Cathedral Kitchen through the meals program that my wife would cook up, so I vounteered to help out. Before I knew it, I was on the Board, and what a rewarding experience. The CK has grown in so many ways in the past 10 years. We were challanged to get beyond the daily dinners. Well, we have done that in our new facility, now offering education courses in cooking, dental and medical services, social services and of course, great meals. The CK is good people doing great things. What a wonderful organization in such a severly depressed city.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and board member for six years, I have watched Cathedral Kitchen improve the lives of Camden's poor in many ways. Guests dine in a respectful atmosphere. They are served with dignity. They show gratitude. Through the medical and dental clinics their physical conditions are cared for. The culinary arts training program prepares over 50 students a year for jobs, and helps them find them. The CK social worker helps guests find housing and program placement. Cathedral Kitchen has become a beacon of hope in Camden.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Cathedral Soup Kitchen for 24 years and a Board member for the last six years. I have seen first hand how the mission of feeding the poor and needy in Camden, NJ is efficiently carried out each day in a manner that provides dignity and respect for those whom are served. I have also witnessed the growth of the Cathedral Kitchen's outreach whereby it has expanded to not only feeding the less fortunate but also addressing their more holistic needs including services for dental, medical, optical and job training needs. Specifically the Culinary Arts Training (CAT) Program has been hugely successful in training, graduating and placing men and women in the Food Service industry who previously were untrained and unemployed.