AND WHO CONTINUES THIS MISSION ?
In 1982, casino chef Jean Webster saw a man searching for food in a garbage can on an Atlantic City street. With $5 in her pocket, she bought him a meal in a fast food place and invited him to eat at her home the next day.
Soon others followed him back to Jean Webster's house and she fed them all. In 1997 Jean Webster's Kitchen served as many as 350 meals to the homeless and hungry each weekday.
Individuals, churches, casinos, and the community Food Bank of Southern Jersey have helped Jean with contributions of food. But there were many times when she use her own medication money to by food for the people.
Referred to by many as “Saint Jean" or “Sister Jean”, since 1982 Jean Webster had to endure red tape, eviction and serious health problems. When her health caused her to leave her casino job, she continued feeding Atlantic City's needy until she was forced to leave her Indiana Avenue home.
In 1995, The First Presbyterian Church on Pennsylvania Avenue came to the rescue with kitchen space for her very special mission.
It took two years of hard work and donations from organizations, businesses and individuals to get the kitchen ready, while Jean continued to use her abandoned Indiana Avenue house to serve her “guests" (as she insists they be called).
Jean and her volunteers joyously took the reins of their new church kitchen in 1997.
Jean was the kind of person who made a difference ...
and so can you ...
A true Angel of Mercy, Jean Webster’s Kitchen does more than just provide meals. It delivers advice and counseling.
Atlantic City's less fortunate go to Jean Webster's Kitchen for a meal and something more: hope.
Our guests include homeless, senior citizens, disabled, veterans and low-income families - including many children. They have one thing in common: they are hungry and they rely on Jean Webster's Kitchen for what may be their only nutritious meal.
Our guests include homeless, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, veterans and low-income families - including many children. They have one thing in common: they are hungry and they rely on Jean Webster's Kitchen for what may be their only nutritious meal.
Jean Webster's Kitchen
needs your help,
now more than ever!
In an average year, the kitchen serve between 80,000 – 120,000 meals. Though seemingly boundless, the work of those who carry on Jean's love, labor and caring can go only so far. Your generosity is essential to help them help the people who depend on her daily.
It takes over $10,000 a month to keep Jean Webster’s Kitchen open. Please make a financial contribution today and be part of a ministry of food, love, fellowship and faith, right here in Southern New Jersey.
With the dedication and spirit instilled in us by this remarkable woman, and with your support, Jean Webster’s Kitchen will continue to provide Atlantic City’s hungry with a steady diet of hope.