Alan Weinstein – Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown - 12/12/13

Posted on December 12, 2013

Today I had the opportunity to meet Alan Weinstein of the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown and name him my 24th New Jersey Hero.  We just had our 3rd anniversary as a non-profit foundation on December 10th and I couldn’t think of a better local Hero to have to mark that milestone.  The Community Soup Kitchen feeds on average 100-350 people every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year… that’s over 10,000 consecutive days working to help others since they opened their doors.  In 2012, they served over 54,000 hot meals to people in need.  Those numbers are just staggering and shows the extreme importance of the Soup Kitchen.  Alan, the former owner of the Park Savoy, would donate any unused food the hall had for 25 years to the Soup Kitchen.  When he retired a little over 2 years ago, he asked them if he could help volunteer in any other way.  He had just learned that due to new restrictions, the Soup Kitchen was unable to accept perishable food donations from individuals…. only from restaurants and caterings halls.  So with that, Alan went to work using his contacts in the field and started the Kitchen to Kitchen Program.  Through this program, local restaurants and catering halls are able to donate unused food, as well as any pre-made food (like soups), directly to the Soup Kitchen for distribution to their guests.  This program single-handedly kept the Soup Kitchen’s doors open and the food collected accounts for over 60% of the food they serve.  It’s incredible how much Alan has accomplished in 2 short years.  He is an excellent example of a New Jersey Hero.  He recognized a need in his community and jumped into action.  Thank you for all your hard work, Alan and congratulations on being named a Hero!  For more information on the Community Soup Kitchen, you can visit their website at:  http://cskmorristown.org/

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