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Donuts, Chicken and Hospitality for Philly’s Homeless

     
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What do a donut shop and a homeless outreach in Philadelphia have in common?

Through a unique partnership, Federal Donuts (FedNuts) Broad Street Ministry are joining forces to serve Philadelphia’s hungry and homeless.

Federal Donuts, a Philadelphian favorite, since 2011 serves coffee, donuts and fried chicken—all made to order while you wait. The donut/chicken/coffee shop was fonded by restaurateurs Steve Cook and Mike Solomonov (ZahavPercy Street Barbecue), along with Tom Henneman and Bob Logue (Bodhi Coffee) and food writer Felicia D’Ambrosio. The restaurant has since grown to four locations across Philly.

Every week, FedNuts tosses approximately 1,000 pounds of chicken by-product. Those unused chicken parts may not be of use to the FedNuts kitchen, but they are not worthless. The question is, how can those chicken parts be used in a sustainable manner, rather than simply disposing of them?

Enter Rooster Soup Co.

A vision of the FedNuts and Broad Street Ministry partnership, Rooster Soup Co. will use the leftover chicken parts from FedNuts, turning the unused chicken into delicious soups served up in a new restaurant in Philly.

Pastramen Soup, Rooster Soup Co.

Soups like this amazing-looking Pastramen—double chicken stock spiked with soy, pastrami-cured short rib, sauerkraut, rye noodles, pickles, and a soft-cooked egg.

One-hundred percent of profits from the restaurant will be fed directly into Broad Street Ministry to support the one-of-a-kind services the ministry provides Philly’s most vulnerable.

To get started, they need your help.

Rooster Soup Co. is depending on a $150,000 Kickstarter campaign to raise initial funds to launch the restaurant. The team has an additional $100,000 pledged, contingent on the success of the Kickstarter campaign.

The deadline to help fund this project is July 26. Backers who contribute $100 are rewarded with an invite for two to the first-ever tasting of Rooster Soup Co. offerings, at the Rooster Soup Co. Pop-Up Kitchen in October.

More about Broad Street Ministry

Philadelphia is the poorest large city in the nation, and one of the hungriest Congressional Districts in America.

Access to a free meal isn’t a problem for hungry Philadelphians, but access to essential services, getting connected to a community, and being treated with the same dignity and respect of every other person—that can be hard to come by.

In 2005, Broad Street Ministry was founded as a worshiping community. Six years ago, that community decided to put faith to action and launched the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative serving the homeless and hungry in Philadelphia.

They started offering one meal a week, but have since grown to four meals per week. Every week, Broad Street Ministry serves 1,200 people in Philly expects to serve 60,000 meals to Philadelphians this year.

But it’s more than a meal.

“Nobody will ever stand in line for food at Broad Street Ministry,” said Andy Greenhow, Pastor of Broad Street Ministry. “Guests are never handed a tray and nobody ever slaps food across a sneeze-guarded counter.”

Rather, guests are invited to choose their own seat at a table with others and are served a beautifully plated, delicious and nutritious meal by a volunteer wait staff. Meals are prepared by Broad Street Ministry’s own Executive Chef, Steve Seibel.

Steve Cook, Federal Donuts, and Andy Greenhow, Broad Street Ministry

“It’s just like eating in a restaurant, but there is no transaction at the end of the meal. All we’re doing is extending hospitality,” Greenhow said.

Afterall, the name of the operation is the Hospitality Collaborative. It’s radical hospitality.

In addition to a meal, the homeless and low-income guests served by Broad Street Ministry are provided personal care items like razors, toothbrushes, deodorant, underwear, and socks; and are given the opportunity to choose a change of clothes from the clothing closet.

The total cost of serving one person comes out to approximately $3 for food, clothing, and personal care items. Costs of running the Hospitality Collaborative quickly add up.

Not only are guests offered a nutritious meal and personal care items, they are also provided access to a essential services like a mailing address—a necessity for anyone trying to get an ID, a job, or even claim Veteran and government assistance; counseling, and legal services.

That’s where Federal Donuts and Rooster Soup Co. come in.

“Forecasted profit in the first year of operations at Rooster Soup Co. should provide approximately 25,000 meals and services to Broad Street Ministry guests,” said Steve Cook, Partner, Federal Donuts.

The Kickstarter campaign is just nine days and $12,000 away from reaching the goal of $150,000. By backing this project, you can help ensure Philadelphia’s homes receive a delicious, nutritious meal and access to essential services for years to come.

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All photos courtesy of Rooster Soup Co.

Melody Harstine Foster

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