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Saturday meal at Cathedral Kitchen

Cathedral Kitchen provides fresh meals to some of the poorest people in Camden, six days per week.  I have personally volunteered here on my own, it is an amazing facility/program. Although in Camden, I feel completely safe (including free, safe/secure parking next to the building).

They only take small groups of volunteers, so we are limited to 5 people. Please only take a spot if you can really go ... or change your RSVP immediately if your schedule changes.

We will help with the Saturday meal, our shift is 11:30am - 1:30pm.  A variety of volunteer duties are available -- help set place settings on tables, work in the kitchen plating food (not cooking), serving food to guests. We will be assigned duties when we get there.  Guests enter at 12pm and they must leave by 1pm. After they leave, volunteers help to clean up.

This kitchen serves an average of 300 guests each day, six days a week, so they use a lot of items and appreciate any donations ... especially plastic forks, Ziploc baggies, napkins, and paper towels. Feel free to bring a donation (not mandatory).

Details for our shift:

  • Please arrive by 11:30am. We should be done by 1:30pm.
  • Wear a t-shirt, jeans or similar, and sneakers. Loose clothing, nothing tight fitting/spandex.
  • No tank tops or crop tops. No open toe shoes or sandals/flip flops.
  • Due to health regulations, you will be asked to wear a plastic apron and latex gloves. If you are plating food in the kitchen, you will have to wear a hat or hair net.
  • Volunteers must be 16 years old.
  • Free, secure parking next to the building.
  • Lock valuables/purse in your car, there are no lockers.


About Cathedral Kitchen:

Their mission 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.

Founded in 1976 by four altruistic young people, for over three 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 2009, they provided over 106,000 meals.

The kitchen staff prepares the meals fresh each day, using both purchased and donated food. They also provide meals for off-site locations, including shelters, after-school programs, food pantries and smaller soup kitchens.

After years of planning and fund raising, Cathedral Kitchen moved into a brand new facility in 2008.


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  • Jan

    Thanks to all for helping today ... hope you enjoyed yourselves!

    March 23, 2013

  • christina

    Thanks for organizing Jan!

    March 23, 2013

  • Sidney

    Hi. I just arrived home, and saw that I was notified a few hours ago about a spot opening up for volunteering tomorrow morning at the Cathedral Kitchen. I am sorry for my sake that I had gone ahead earlier today and made another commitment for tomorrow morning. I definitely plan to volunteer another time soon.

    March 22, 2013

  • Jennifer A.

    Would there be anyone I can do a carpool?

    March 3, 2013

    • Jennifer A.

      Thanks Athena, but it's difficult for me to get into Cherry Hill. Maybe next time.

      March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jan and others. I live so close to this location and definitely wanted to come. I just got a last minute client who needs services this Saturday so I won't make it. Have fun!

    March 21, 2013

    • Jan

      No problem, thank you very much for changing your RSVP so that someone else can go in your place. Hope to see you another time!

      March 21, 2013

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