“Empty Bowls” ~ Come for Soup & Help a Hungry Person

Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. San Jose State University and Martha’s Kitchen are hosting an “Empty Bowls” event at Martha’s Kitchen. “Empty Bowls” is an international grassroots event. In exchange for a simple meal guests contribute a suggested $12 donation. One hundred percent of each meal’s proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as Martha’s Kitchen. To increase the proceeds, the student organizers are not giving away bowls due to the expense involved, and are asking for donations of auction items such as dinners for two, sports tickets, etc. To reserve your spot, please click on Martha’s Kitchen’s logo at the right side bar. Provide your contact information and your donation where indicated. Choose “Empty Bowls” under Program Area. Thanks for your support.

Afternoon Meal Service

We serve on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. Listen to the radio podcast with Executive Director Edita Cruz!

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Martha’s Kitchen – PM Serving

“When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.” Matt 25:35

Would you consider us in your will?

Would you consider us in your will?

Serving the hungry since 1981

Serving Soup

Serving the hungry, since 1981.

It is hard to believe that Martha’s Kitchen will be celebrating its 32nd anniversary in 2013. If we were to paraphrase one poet we would say  ’30 years is a weekend to an oak tree.’  It certainly does not seem that long. How things have changed in 30 years!  Our crowd is so much tamer.  There used to be fights that had to be broken up. Now, families come here because we provide a family atmosphere.  Looking back at old photos bring a feeling of nostalgia to our old-timers.

The renovation and expansion of our facility gives us the capacity to prepare over 210,000 meals a year.  The sunroofs in the kitchen provide plenty of lighting making our place so much brighter and more welcoming. Come and visit us.

Families at Martha’s Kitchen

We are seeing more families at Martha’s Kitchen. The high unemployment rate is making dire family situations even worse. ‘A landmark study released from Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, reports nationwide that more than 37 million people, one in eight Americans – including 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors – receive food each year through the nation’s network of food banks which includes the Second Harvest Food Bank. The findings represent a staggering 46 percent increase on a national level since the organizations previously released study in 2006.’

“Thanksgiving in January”

When the holidays are over, how do we insure the needs of the poor in our community do not get neglected? San Jose Water Company is underwriting all meals served in January and has issued a challenge to other corporations to follow suit.