Founded in 1976 by four altruistic young people, for nearly four decades the Cathedral Kitchen has been serving meals to the poor and hungry of Camden. What began as a simple ministry offering soup and sandwiches to a few people in need has grown into the largest emergency food provider in the city. We serve over 100,000 meals in our dining room each year.
The people who come to the Kitchen to eat are among the poorest residents of the city: the homeless, the jobless, those with disabilities or addiction problems, the working poor. They range in age from infants to the elderly; but whatever their age, everyone in need is welcomed at the Kitchen and given a hearty meal.
Since opening our own facility in 2008, we have expanded our meal program to meet the needs of the growing number of people suffering from hunger. We now offer family meal tables for guests with young children and meals for afterschool and summer youth programs.
Our kitchen staff prepares the meals fresh each day, using both purchased and donated food. Each night we host 20 to 25 volunteers who come to help serve the meal. We also distribute donated food for off-site locations such as food pantries and smaller soup kitchens.
We enroll 40 students per year in our Culinary Arts Training (CAT) program and 24 students per year in our Baking Arts Training (BAT) program. Both programs operate twice each year for 17 weeks. Our healthcare clinic operates through partnerships with various organizations and universities that provide health screenings during the meal service. We also operate a free dental clinic, Project Smiles, staffed two days per week by volunteer dentists along with Cathedral Kitchen staff that includes a hygienist, dental assistant (RDA) and receptionist .
Cathedral Kitchen is a Gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency and excellence.