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. In 2012, we provided over 232,000 meals!
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 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 provide meals for off-site locations, including shelters, after-school programs, and smaller soup kitchens.
We enroll 40 individuals per year in our Culinary Arts Training (CAT) program, which is held 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, staffed by volunteer dentists, two days per week.
Cathedral Kitchen is a Gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency and excellence.