CUMC Community Kitchen

CUMC Community Kitchen

From SaraBeth Baker

The Community Kitchen is an outreach mission of the Centenary United Methodist Church of Lambertville, NJ. We provide a weekly meal for members of our community of all social standings and backgrounds.

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Every Wednesday, the Community  Kitchen at Centenary United Methodist Church of Lambertville, NJ hosts a hot lunch for upwards of a hundred area   residents.  The people who flock to the Kitchen represent a cross section of the community.  From the affluent to the homeless, young and old, the weekly meals have evolved to meet the need of the area’s ever-changing population.  The meals are prepared by  several teams of  dedicated volunteers.  One group operates the kitchen on Tuesday evenings, prepping fruits and vegetables or cooking some of the more time-consuming dishes on Wednesday’s menu.  A second group starts preparing the rest of the meal around 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in order have everything ready by the 11:30 a.m. start time.  Volunteers also help prepare the bag lunches to be taken to the homeless, and do clean-up duty when the lunch is over.

 The Kitchen is funded solely through donations:  from guests at the weekly luncheon, to faith groups and service organizations who sponsor approximately one third of the meals, to local businesses, families, friends, and neighbors; these amazing people and organizations all donate their time and  resources to help sustain this endeavor.

Thank you to everyone whose helped  continue the Community Kitchen’s mission of providing a comforting  environment where people can gather and enjoy the company of new and old friends while receiving a nutritious meal.

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