Students Timothy Bauer, Zackeraya Elmarzouky, Kristine Myers, James Feeney, Guadalupe Ramos and Jennifer Toledo accompanied Campus Ministry staff members Aaron Malnick and Niquita Dietrich to prepare and serve food in the St. Francis Inn (soup kitchen) in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
St. Francis Inn has been serving meals to impoverished individuals and families in Philadelphia since 1979. A breakfast is served three days a week, and a sit-down meal is served every day. In all, the Inn serves over 350 meals a day. "Our meals are unique because we serve them restaurant-style," explains the staff. "Our guests don't walk through a line to get their food. Our compassionate volunteers serve them at their tables."
The staff relies on the generosity of local grocery stores and businesses as well as churches and individuals to donate food. Volunteers, like the group from Alvernia, help to cook, serve meals, and clean.
"With the help and support of volunteers and benefactors we are able to serve our guests every day with a warm, nourishing meal in a caring and respectful setting."
In addition to the dine-in meals, St. Francis Inn also provides monthly food baskets for families and homebound seniors. A mixture of fresh and non-perishable foods supply regular sustenance to those unable to visit to the Inn. In addition to meals, the Inn supplies services like mail and phone usage to its patrons.