JEAN WEBSTER'S KITCHEN
Serving the Hungry since 1982
JEAN WEBSTER'S KITCHEN CHOSEN
AS THE NJEA CHARITY THIS YEAR
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Continuing in the spirit of Sister Jean Webster
Jean Webster long ago gave her heart to Jesus, and somehow her hands just couldn't help following. For twenty-nine years she praised God with her heart and her hands, and fed the homeless and hungry people of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In 1982, the former casino chef got what she calls a wake-up call from God when she saw a homeless man digging through the garbage for food in the pouring rain. “After I fed him that night, and him and a friend the next day, I asked God what to do. And God said, 'Just feed them. I'll take care of you.'''
Sister Jean (as she was fondly called) has so trusted that call that for many years, when she was feeding growing numbers of needy people from her own kitchen and her own pocketbook she spent her medicine money to buy food for them. ''People always meant more to me than my health,'' she says.
''In fact, if it wasn't for the Presbyterians, I'd probably be dead by now.'' Support from First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic City, which renovated its kitchen for her use in 1997, and from the Presbyterian Hunger Program which channeled ‘One Great Hour of Sharing’ gifts into Sister Jean's ministry, enabled her to maintain and expand it without forgoing her heart medicine.
Sister Jean knew what it meant to give without calculating, trusting in God to provide for her needs. She knew that just as her hands had been God's way of serving the hungry of Atlantic City, God had used a lot of other hands to sustain her. Let us follow her example and open our hearts and our hands to God's service. We can do that today through generous gifts to Jean Webster’s Kitchen.