Martha’s Kitchen in San Jose CaPosted: February 11, 2011
311 Willow Street, San Jose, California, 95110
Martha’s Kitchen Hours of Operation:
- Tuesday and Wednesday: Meal Service: 4:00pp – 5:00pm
Nestled between downtown San Jose and the quaint town of Willow Glen lies a “little soup kitchen” that will turn 30 in 2011. Founder Louise Benson began this work out of her garage when she prepared and gave away peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the poor. Then in 1981, she and her friends started Martha’s Kitchen on the premises of the Sacred Heart Church serving hot meals. The kitchen was named after a biblical figure, Martha, who unfailingly offered hot meals to Jesus and his band of followers on their frequent journeys through the community of Bethany.
Today, this “little soup kitchen” is not so little anymore. It still gives out hot meals onsite with its mission to “feed the hungry with dignity, no questions asked, no judgment made.” And its meals are hot and complete with soup, salad, roll, starch, a main dish, fruit and dessert. It also sends out 160,000 hot and cold meals annually to a dozen other non-profit organizations in Santa Clara county as far south as Gilroy, and even to the dusty agricultural town of Dos Palos in Merced county to support the hungry. Before the end of 2010 it will serve its 2,000,000th meal since it has grown to an annual production of 200,000 meals. The “little soup kitchen that could” has proven it certainly could run an efficient kitchen with a lean staff of 6 employees which includes the Executive Director/Development Director, Operations Manager, two cooks and two kitchen help. Edita Cruz, Executive Directors forecasts that Martha’s Kitchen will prepare its next 1,000,000 meals in as little as five years.
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