Church kitchen ready for poor children
Archbishop saw need for a place where poor can eat without anyone asking them questions
ucanews.com reporter, Cebu City
May 17, 2011
St. Martha’s kitchen, as it is known, is already equipped with a stove, an oven and kitchen utensils and staff, said Monsignor Achilles Dakay, the archdiocese’s media liaison officer, who also supervises the feeding program.
He said the program is named after Martha who is depicted in the Bible as the sister of Mary and Lazarus. The story says Martha was frantic in serving Jesus and his companions. She is known as the patron of housewives, waiters, servants, cooks, the homeless and the poor.
The kitchen is located inside the compound of Caritas beside Cebu's Metropolitan Cathedral.
Monsignor Dakay said Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal thought up the program.
"When he was assigned as coadjutor bishop (of Cebu), he was also parish priest of the cathedral. He said there was a need for a place where the poor can eat without anyone asking them questions," Monsignor Dakay said.
The project was founded four years ago but operations were intermittent because it took some time to find donors. Monsignor Dakay said they now have two vehicles to collect food and ingredients from donor hotels and restaurants.
Joseph Cabrera, head of Rustan supermarket's human resources department, said the company will provide ingredients such as noodles, meat and rice.
"This is our way of paying back the community. We could spread the word to other companies (and) suppliers so they too can participate," he said.
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