The mission of the Cathedral Kitchen is to provide essential life services that support the health and well being of those in our community and, in doing so, to affirm each person’s humanity and dignity while guiding them towards self sufficiency.
Watch the “Goodness Project” video, and get Happy!
Cathedral Kitchen was a part of a wonderful collaboration of twelve organizations in Camden that came together to create the “Goodness Project”. By dancing and singing to the song “Happy”, the group hopes to send a message about all the goodness that exists in Camden. You can watch the inspiring video by clicking on the link below. Please share this with friends and family—we are trying to make it go viral!
“Happy” Day at CK!
We had a fun day at CK as our Chefs and student rocked to “Happy” while participating in filming a scene for The Goodness Project – a project showcasing all of the good provided by non-profit organizations in Camden.
Thanks, Darden Restaurants!
We got great news from the Darden restaurant group this week—The Kitchen will be the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Darden Restaurant Community Grants program! Through this program, CK was recognized by local Darden restaurants, LongHorn Steakhouse and Seasons 52, both of Cherry Hill, that support our work to fight hunger in our community. The Darden restaurants (http://www.darden.com/restaurants/) also support the Kitchen by providing generous food donations through the Food Donation Connection Program. CK volunteers pick up food each week from six different Darden locations. We receive approximately $200,000 in donated food each year from these and other restaurants and food service providers, which greatly reduces our cost to serve over 100,000 meals each year in our dining room.
This is a graduate of Culinary Arts Training Class 10–Joy Wilkins. Joy first came to the Cathedral Kitchen as a volunteer–she was part of the NJ Community Workforce Experience Program, which places people in non-profit organizations or community agencies that provide direct community service. The programs must include structured activities that improve the employability of the CWEP participant. Joy was born in Nigeria; before coming to the United States she had worked in restaurants there. She was a stellar worker, she chopped crates of lettuce, peppers, carrots and onions, always with a smile and a readiness for the next task. After working with her in the Kitchen, Chef Jonathan suggested that she apply for the CAT program. She did very well, showing the same work ethic and cheerful demeanor that she had displayed as a CWEP volunteer. After graduation, Joy was offered a job at McCormick and Schmick in Cherry Hill–here she is working the line in their kitchen. Joy loves her job and even shows up at the Kitchen on her days off, ready to be put to work. She says it is her way of saying “thanks” for the opportunity to be part of the CAT program.