Responding to Abundance: Cornerstone Community Kitchen

Cornerstone Community Kitchen serves free dinners every Wednesday, in partnership with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, at the corner of Nassau and Vandeventer Streets, just inside the doors of Princeton United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome, no questions asked. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. volunteers serve plates heaped high with a main dish, vegetables, salad, fresh fruit, and dessert — with plenty of take-home bagels available. Cornerstone Kitchen is well into its second year of “never miss a Wednesday.”

Lots of people help serve this abundance, and here are three examples — one from a congregation, one from a small business, one from an individual.

Jeannette Timmons of The Jewish Center of Princeton volunteers weekly. Now that the Methodist church kitchen is undergoing renovation, the “prep” for the fresh veggies and salads is being done at the Jewish Center. Jeannette Timmons, a weekly volunteer, wrote this account of how the gift of a stove has warmed the friendship ties between the two congregations.

Evan and Maria Blomgren, of the Rocky Hill Inn , furnished the main course last Wednesday. Owner and chef at the Rockh Hill Tavern, Evan prepared delicious chicken masala, roasted potatoes, and asparagus and peppers. Panera Bread and the Bagel Hole regularly donate baked goods, and Zorba’s Brother has also donated a meal. More donors welcome!

Maurice Galimidi, of Allegra Printing, made a generous donation to CCK, and he tells why:

I am not a well-to-do man but I try to remember that in spite of that – I live in abundance.
My father taught his children to never feel that they are better than others just more lucky.
If I can make a small donation to allow myself a sense of connection to those with less than I have, it will keep me in my Father’s graces (he is now resting in peace).
I am a Jewish refugee from Egypt.  One of the most powerful images from Egypt  that my Father left me was on the eve of each Sabbath before going to temple he would go to the local bakery.  He would ask the baker if he can buy the remaining bread that was yet unsold – and he would purchase the lot. He left the bakery without the bread and homeless people would be on line in the street waiting for their chance to take a loaf of bread. It was different time in another country but it was testimony that he felt he was living in abundance.
I thought I would share.

Thank you, everybody.

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