About Faith Kitchen


About Us


Faith Kitchen continues to provide nutritious meals daily, Monday through Saturday.  With the help of over 240 volunteers we served 42,988 meals in 2013!

Funding for Faith Kitchen is received from businesses, individuals, service organizations, and churches. We need on small donations from individuals to keep our doors open.

We wish we could say that the poor and food insecure people of Dover will not need us in the near future, but given the recent further cuts in food stamps, this community will need us more than ever.

In 2013 we were blessed by the Food Bank of New Jersey and Acme Supermarkets to be able to offer 400-600 pounds of produce, meat, bread, and eggs for lunch at Faith Kitchen and for clients to take home.

Faith's Goals are simple:


To serve a nutritious meal, free of charge, to anyone who comes to eat (everyone is welcome) 6 days a week Monday-Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm

To involve area organizations in daily serving of donated food and cleanup after.

To recycle and/or utilize food donated by local organizations that is safe and useable. 

To help network clients into social service agency, jobs, housing, mental and physical healthcare, etc. 

What our clients find at Faith Kitchen


  • A caring environment
  • A nutritious meal
  • A safe place for conversation
  • Assistance with necessary paperwork (job applications, medical bills, etc)
  • Referrals to appropriate social service agencies
  • Monthly blood pressure screenings
  • MHA-sponsored Drop-In-Center every Monday 1:00-4:00pm

Faith Kitchen runs on your love!


If you would like to donate money, or paper goods Joanne, Director Faith Kitchen, either via email at:

faithkitchendover@gmail.com or call
(973) 219-7560


If you would like to support Faith Kitchen with a financial contribution of any size, please send it to:
Faith Kitchen
123 East Blackwell Street
Dover, NJ 07801
or via payroll deductions to the United Way.


Faith Kitchen is incorporated and has attained 501(c)(3) status, any monetary gifts sent to us should be made out to "Faith Kitchen"

Mission


The Faith Kitchen puts faith into action by serving a nutritious meal to anyone who needs or wants one six days a week. Respecting the dignity of all of God’s children who walk through our door, the Faith Kitchen is a safe place that people can use as an address, where they find encouragement and support in their struggles with physical and mental illness, substance abuse, abusive relationships, and poverty, and where they can connect to social service agencies to support their journey to wholeness.

Statement of Purpose


At the September 1983 council meeting, Trinity Lutheran Church approved the establishment of Faith Kitchen, a "Soup Kitchen", for the purpose of reducing the problem of hunger in the Dover area through community and congregational involvement.

In 1983 Faith Kitchen served 64 meals. One year later we were serving 2,404 meals and the need for meals was growing. In 1993, just 10 years after Faith Kitchen first opened it's doors 32,543 meals were served year.

Today, 30 years later, we are proud to serve 36,409 meals a year 6 days a week! We are honored that approximately 91 clients join us daily for meals.

Meals are prepared with volunteers from various faiths and groups. Provisions and monetary support comes from individuals, corporations, and grants.

Faith Kitchen is more then a soup kitchen!


Faith Kitchen runs on your love!


If you would like to donate goods, services, or time please your contact Joanne, Director Faith Kitchen, either via email at: faithkitchendover@gmail.com or call (973) 219-7560

If you would like to support Faith Kitchen with a financial contribution, please send it to:
Faith Kitchen
123 East Blackwell Street
Dover, NJ 07801
or via payroll deductions to the United Way.


Faith Kitchen is incorporated and has attained 501(c)(3) status, any monetary gifts sent to us should be made out to "Faith Kitchen"

Beginnings


It all Started with a Can Opener


It is said, "Peace begins when the hungry are fed".

The birth of Faith Kitchen all started one day in 1983 when we gave a man some groceries. When he asked for a can opener, we happily gave him one. We did not expect him to sit at the curb and eat the food, he was hungry and didn't care if it was cooked or not. It was in that moment that we realized we needed to do more.

We realized each of us needs to be treated with dignity and each of us deserves to be fed.



In 1983 Trinity Lutheran Church began a journey of peace and love to feed the hungry and created Faith Kitchen.

Faith Kitchen first opened it's doors one day a week and served soup. In 1983 Faith Kitchen served 64 meals. One year later we were serving 2,404 meals and the need for meals was growing. In 1993, just ten years after Faith Kitchen first opened it's doors 32,543 meals were served year.

Today, 30 years later, we are proud to serve 36,409 meals a year 6 days a week! We are honored that approximately 91 clients join us daily for meals.

Today meals are prepared by volunteers from many faiths and groups and provisions come from individuals, corporations, and grants.

True to its name, the Faith Kitchen began as a grass roots, faith based program to provide food in a safe, caring atmosphere. While it has taken planning, many volunteers, tons of food, prayer, abundant faith and hard work to manage the Faith Kitchen for the past 30 years it has been a mission that we have been proud to be part of.

Every day as our guests line up, I give thanks for our blessings and the opportunities to share.

A journey of peace began here 30 years ago and the journey will not be complete until there is no more hunger.

I give thanks that the peace of God can be shared here at Faith Kitchen as volunteers come together to give their gifts of hospitality and the hungry are fed.

Thank you.
The Reverend Cheryl L. Johnson
Pastor - Trinity Lutheran Church

Numbers


Faith Kitchen is proud to serve our clients and with your help will continue to keep our doors open to the hungry for years to come.

We have grown from those first 64 meals served in 1983 to over 36,000 meals served last year!

Each Month Faith Serves a Growing community of clients.

Starting in July 2012 we have started tracking the number of clients served each month.

The Chart below shows the number of clients Faith helps to feed each month.
2012201320142015
Jan 7994106
Feb 8586
March 82108
April 7491
May 7290
June 7387
July678093
Aug7687102
Sept7884102
Oct7582103
Nov7588101
Dec8394107
Hunger in the US has changed over time.

Today many people don't have enough food to eat on a daily basis - even those that are employed.

The chart below shows the number of meals served each year since Faith Kitchen has opened it's doors to the hungry.
YearMeal Served
198364
19842,404
19856,964
19868,194
198710,932
198816,945
198925,364
199028,668
199132,776
199232,440
199332,543
199428,198
199527,300
199628,100
199728,788
199828,554
199927,581
200025,864
200128,237
200232,696
200330,950
200432,579
200530,674
200627,416
200728,916
200834,620
200935,920
201032,797
201130,996
201232,332
201336,409
201442,988

Sponsors


A Special Thanks to our Many Supporters


We are honored to be continually supported by the following religious organizations who prepare meals on a regular basis:


  • Abiding Peace Lutheran, Budd Lake
  • Amma
  • Church of the Savior, Episcopal
  • First Memorial Presbyterian, Dover
  • First Presbyterian, Rockaway
  • Flanders United Presbyterian, Flanders
  • Grace Lutheran, Mendham
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Lake Hopatcong
  • Parsippany Presbyterian
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran, Rockaway
  • Redeemer Lutheran, Succasunna
  • Resurrection Catholic Church, Randolph
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Sparta
  • St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Rockaway
  • St. Matthew Catholic Church, Randolph
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal, Mountain Lakes
  • St. Therese Catholic Church, Succasunna
  • St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Stirling
  • Succasunna UMC
  • Temple Adath Shalom, Parsippany
  • Trinity Lutheran, Dover
  • Zion Lutheran, Oldwick
  

We are honored to have receive Grants from the following:


  • Alcoa-Global Impact
  • CNA Foundation
  • Edith P.C. Taylor Charitable Trust
  • ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
  • Fed Ex
  • The Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • Provident Bank Foundation
  • WalMart

We are honored to have receive donations from the following organizations:


  • Acme
  • Costco
  • Food Bank of New Jersey
  • Foxy Seniors Travel Club
  • The Hanover Insurance
  • Interfaith Dialog Center
  • Kiwanis Club of Randolph
  • Pathmark
  • Randolph Township Women's Club
  • Telecom Pioneers
  • UPS
  • Verizon
  • Wharton Fire Ladies Auxiliary
  • Whole Foods
  • Women's Club of Dover

Faith Kitchen is honored to have received donations from the following religious organizations:


  • Chatham Presbyterian Church
  • Denville Community Church
  • First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna
  • Grace Episcopal Church, Madison
  • King of Kings Lutheran
  • Millbrook Methodist Church
  • Mine Hill Presbyterian Church
  • Union Hill Presbyterian Church
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • St. Clement Catholic Church
  • Teabo Methodist Church
  • Zion Lutheran Church of Long Valley