June 11, 2016
ISSUE | NORTH PHILA. Neighborly mosque Thanks to the Inquirer for writing about the mosque we are building north of Temple University ("Ahmadiyya mosque rising in N. Phila.," May 31). The story quoted residents who said they had been unaware of the project until construction began. We did conduct a community meeting at the Cookman United Methodist Church on April 15, 2010, to an overwhelmingly positive response, before construction began. The mosque will include a community center and soup kitchen in addition to teaching the peaceful principles of Islam.
May 31, 2016 |
Yolanda sees the world in a beautiful light. The 16-year-old is passionate about giving back. "I like to help people," she says. Kind and thoughtful, she wrote an essay about her desire to serve others. In the essay, she shared her belief that no matter where people are in life, they deserve to be helped. Yolanda enjoyed the opportunity to help others when she volunteered at a soup kitchen. She was warmly welcomed by the staff and happily assisted in preparing silverware packets and sandwiches for meals.
January 8, 2016
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Chicken enchiladas in guajillo sauce with a fried egg 2. Vietnamese wonton soup 3. Chicken lemon-rice soup For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Cafe Ynez (2025 Washington Ave.) 2. Vietnam Restaurant (221 N. 11th St.) 3. Soup Kitchen (2146 E. Susquehanna Ave.)
November 25, 2015 |
For three days running this week, about a dozen students and volunteers will cram into the Salvation Army's small industrial kitchen in West Philadelphia to handle 2,653 pounds of precooked turkey, 1,855 pounds of instant mashed potatoes, 1,825 pounds of stuffing mix, 1,755 pounds of green beans, 1,200 cans of gravy, 1,200 cans of cranberry sauce, and 1,200 packages of rolls. When they're done, they will have prepared nearly 4,000 Thanksgiving meals for 900 area families that otherwise would have to do without.
May 6, 2015 |
Great music isn't a stranger to the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street in the urban frontier of North Philadelphia. Just inside the French Gothic sanctuary, a large greenish angel points its trumpet heavenward. And only a few feet beyond that, on certain nights, stands the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, in one of its regular season of free concerts - the second season concludes on Saturday - with hardly any budget and, what's more significant, no conductor. "It saves on overhead," says bassist Jerrell Jackson with subtle, smart-aleck irony.
March 13, 2015 |
About a decade ago, when I was living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I found the imported foods in the sterile, Western-style supermarket to be prohibitively expensive, while meals from fragrant, enticing (and questionably hygienic) street carts, market stalls, and roadside restaurants were ridiculously cheap. This meant that, for a fraction of the price of a box of cereal and a carton of ultra-pasteurized, shelf-stable milk, there were bowls of spicy, steaming-hot soup, or stir-fried noodles scrambled with vegetable and eggs, or a savory, egg-y crepe stuffed with fried vegetables and fresh herbs.
November 19, 2014 |
The table was set, the delicacies beckoned. Smoothies whipped up with overripe strawberries. A cobbler confected from aged pineapple, bruised kiwis, and stale birthday cake. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy couldn't wait to dig in. "It's not often," she said, "that I get to taste the fruits of our labor. " McCarthy was in Philadelphia on Friday to laud a partnership aimed at solving two problems at once: food waste and hunger. Since last spring, Drexel University Food Lab students have been creating recipes that incorporate foods commonly donated to soup kitchens, where, despite best intentions, they may get thrown out anyway because they are unappetizing.
December 23, 2013 |
Serving daily meals through a late-autumn blast of ice and snow. Managing storerooms and shelves overflowing with donated food. Ensuring Christmas cheer for hundreds of needy kids through an Adopt-a-Child Gift Program. December is always busy at Manna on Main Street, a Lansdale soup kitchen, food pantry, and emergency-aid organization that serves a slice of the Philadelphia suburbs' "hidden poor. " But executive director Suzan Neiger Gould has a pointed message she likes to offer around this time of year, when seasonal spirits and tax deadlines combine to spur extra generosity.
October 3, 2013
D OMINICK RODRIGUEZ, 34, of Middlesex County, N.J., and Lori DeFinis, 23, of Bensalem, are co-owners with two other people of SouperVan, a food-truck business at Rutgers University in New Brunswick that recently expanded to Philly. Rodriguez and DeFinis run the Philadelphia operation, which is partnering with the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission in North Philadelphia. I spoke with Rodriguez. Q: When did SouperVan launch? A: In 2010, on the Rutgers campus. We've been there ever since.
June 7, 2012
Radnor pitcher Christy Von Pusch, a senior bound for Penn State, has been named Gatorade's Pennsylvania softball player of the year. The award honors athletic and academic excellence and character on and off the field. By winning the state honor, Von Pusch becomes a finalist for Gatorade national player of the year. The 5-foot-9 righthander went 14-2 this season, compiling a 0.81 ERA with 205 strikeouts in 1031/3 innings, and led the Red Raiders (19-2) to their first Central League title since 1984.