In Philadelphia there is a place – five places, actually – where you can get the best fried chicken and donuts of your life—at the same time. It's called Federal Donuts, and all we do is make donuts, fried chicken and coffee.

Because we buy whole chickens, we have backs and bones we can't use – about 1,000 pounds a week, in fact, from the highest quality, free-range chickens, raised on an all-vegetable diet without antibiotics.Stuffing a landfill with 1,000 pounds of nutrition every single week is not only absurd, it's twice as ridiculous when people are going hungry here in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is the poorest large city and one of the hungriest Congressional Districts in America. If all you want is a meal, there are many places to get fed. But there's only one place where those Philadelphians experiencing hunger, homelessness, and poverty are served a meal, can receive essential services, and feel part of a community.

Every week, more than 1,200 people come to Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative to eat a healthy and delicious meal (prepared by an Executive Chef and served tableside by volunteer waitstaff), to check their mail, or to get a change of clothes.

Most importantly, vulnerable Philadelphians come to Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative to feel at home.

But the demand at Broad Street's Hospitality Collaborative grows every day and what Broad Street Ministry truly needs more than anything else is money.

That's when we realized: Turning delicious chicken into money is something we're good at.

In July 2014, 1,587 Backers pledged $179,380 to make Rooster Soup Co. a 119%-funded Kickstarter campaign.Now, with a home in the heart of Center City, Rooster Soup is preparing to turn Federal Donuts' practically free chicken stock into tasty soups that you can buy.

With a classic luncheonette-style menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, Rooster Soup will operate like any for-profit restaurant—with one important difference: 100% of its net profits will go to support Broad Street's Hospitality Collaborative. It's a sustainable model and a unique partnership between the for-profit and non-profit worlds. All of which is to say that YOU can help someone who really needs it—just by eating lunch.

[Click here to see what Mayor Michael Nutter says about Rooster Soup.]

[Click here to see what former Governor Ed Rendell did to help our campaign.]


Philadelphia, Pa. - One year ago, 1,587 Backers pledged $179,380 to make Rooster Soup Co. a 119%-funded Kickstarter campaign. Today, partners Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry are proud to announce that their lease has been signed for 1526 Sansom Street. Rooster Soup Co. now has a home in the heart of Center City.

"What began as a dream, Rooster Soup is now an important step closer to becoming a game-changing reality for Philly," said Bill Golderer, Convening Minister of Broad Street Ministry. "The idea that you will soon be able to grab a drink after work or grab lunch with a friend and make a life-changing impact on someone's life is will have far-reaching impact. Our backers believed it could happen and before long thousands of lives will be changed because of this belief that we could make a real difference."

"We've worked very hard to find the perfect location for Rooster Soup," said Federal Donuts partner Steven Cook. "Our success won't be measured just in financial terms, but also for how it advances a dialogue about how we take care of our most vulnerable citizens. Our location, just a few blocks from City Hall, Rittenhouse Square and the central business district, puts us right in the middle of that conversation."

Located one block from Federal Donuts Center City (1632 Sansom Street), Rooster Soup Co. will be a casual American luncheonette, serving soups, salads, and sandwiches alongside a simple bar selection. Formerly the Sansom Street Kabob House, 1526 Sansom will occupy approximately 1,400 square feet of restaurant space in [Box]wood Architects' design, which includes a 18-seat counter and bar, booths and tables accommodating up to 40. Proposed hours are 11am through 11pm, seven days a week.

Transforming Federal Donuts' unused chicken backs into delicious, nourishing broth, Rooster Soup Co. will give special menu emphasis to an ever-rotating collection of classic soups, such as Matzo Ball, Hungarian Goulash, Cream of Broccoli, Mushroom Barley, Portuguese Fisherman Stew, Borscht and Pozole. Not all soups will be chicken stock-based; Options like Yemenite Style Curry with Coconut Milk, Celery Root, Hawaij and Schug will satisfy vegan and vegetarian cravings.

And since nothing goes better with soup than a sandwich, the menu will also include a half dozen varieties, all served on house-made white bread, including a Corned Beef Cuban; Patty Melt with Everything Sauce; Fried Mussels with Tabasco Remoulade; and a B.L.T. (smoked beets, lettuce and tomato).

Salads will round out the menu, including Poached Tuna with Miso-Fermented Carrots, Rice, Nori and Sesame; and Thai-Style Kale Salad with Golden Beets and Peanuts.

A full bar will feature a no-nonsense, wallet-friendly collection of classic cocktails—think Whiskey Sours and Salty Dogs—that won't make your head hurt while ordering them, as well as a selection of bottled and canned beers and house wines.
The best way to support Rooster Soup Co.
(besides eating here, of course) is to volunteer at the Broad Street Ministry's Hospitality Collaborative.

If you're a hospitality professional interested in working at Rooster Soup Co., we'd love to hear from you.