VIDEO: South Jersey Chefs Volunteer Year-Round to Feed Those in Need


ATLANTIC CITY - Chefs from all over South Jersey have been volunteering their time all year long at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission to serve soup.
This Thursday marks the 30,000th bowl of soup they’ve served.
“We got together to start a program to help the homeless eat more nutritional food," said Chef Robert Harre. "So each week we make 608 bowls of soup and this week we’re reaching the 30,000 bowl mark.”
The chefs know there is a need for those who are unemployed or homeless.
“There’s a lot of people out there that do need it," said Chef Wolfgang Geckeler, Former Casino Chef. "We have everything that we want, but there’s a lot of people who are unemployed, they have no homes. They stay here, they live here with their families so we’re trying to help them get back on their feet.”
The program started with a group of volunteer professional chefs from the area taking turns every Thursday to create a different soup recipe to share with the people at the Mission.
“That way they never get tired of eating the same thing and we can use our creativity collectively to make sure we give them a different soup each week,” said Harre.
And the recipes aren’t just your simple chicken noodle soup.
“I don’t think any rescue mission in the country is serving what we’re serving today," said Geckeler. "This is a lobster chowder.”
The recipes may change each week, but one thing stays the same, every bowl served is hot and healthy.
“If you do have health problems, they will never improve with a poor diet," said Harre. "So our soups generally have about 125 pounds of vegetables.”
The majority of the vegetables come from the Mission’s Farm in Goshen, but the rest of the ingredients are usually donated from different sponsors across the country.
“We got support from so many different companies that help us make this a successful project," said Geckeler.
A successful project that served over 600 bowls of delicious and nutritious soup every Thursday in 2015 and will continue to do so in 2016.

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