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.
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