The holidays are a time of giving, and Broad Street Ministry is making sure no one in Philadelphia goes without a Thanksgiving meal.
Long have I written about the mission of Philadelphia’s Broad Street Ministry, a place of solace in the middle of the city where Philadelphians, living in deep poverty can, in their words, “stabilize their lives through a unique offering of meals and social services welcoming to everyone. Our long-term vision is not only to meaningfully reduce the trauma and suffering caused by scarcity for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable populations, but, along with best-in-class social services and government partners, to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and hunger in Philly.”
The goals at Broad Street Ministry are lofty, loving and leveling. We are one, and each deserves care and generous attention.
Today, Tuesday, November 22 at 315 South Broad, right across from the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ main branch, Chef Nicholas Elmi – a man who knows taste and panache from owning restaurants such as Laurel and In the Valley, and has been part of the refined, renowned Le Bec-Fin – will offer a white linen serviced, special Thanksgiving meal to those experiencing deep poverty. Done in partnership with LaColombe and the Union League, the long, luxurious lunch will offer a warm space, a sense of healing, an opportunity for a full stomach of turkey potpie and a sweet banana pudding, and to bask in the Broad Street Ministry’s philosophy of Radical Hospitality as part of the mission’s Kitchen Takeover series.
In addition to Elmi’s visit, the Broad Street Ministry kitchen staff will serve traditional Thanksgiving meals on November 23 made possible by Carversville Farm who have donated, 100 organic turkeys, 600 pounds of sweet potatoes, 300 pounds of hen chickens, 500 bushels of collard greens and 500 bushels of kale greens
Elmi already serves as the Chef Chair for Philadelphia’s Taste of the Nation, an annual event benefiting No Kid Hungry, so he gets what it means to give back. His special Thanksgiving meal starts at Broad Street Ministry at 11:30 am this morning and the staff take over their kitchens again on November 23. If you know someone in need or if you are, please go to the Broad Street Ministry. It is one of the city’s most comforting and worthy causes.
Images: Courtesy of Broad Street Ministry