ATLANTIC CITY — Owners and employees of Kelsey & Kim’s Southern Cafe spent the day Tuesday cooking and serving hot meals to nearly 600 people at Sister Jean’s Kitchen and the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club.
With the cafe closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, owners Kelsey and Kim Jackson decided they would give back to the community by feeding people who struggle to get through the day without being hungry.
“Sister Jean’s Kitchen is legendary in Atlantic City, and even though she passed away a number of years ago, we felt like this was a way for us to help keep her mission going,” Kelsey Jackson said, adding that they have served food at the Boys & Girls Club around Thanksgiving for several years.
This year was the first time they also served at Sister Jean’s.
Sister Jean Webster, a retired casino chef, started the kitchen in 1986 after she saw a homeless man searching for food in the garbage and invited him into her home for dinner. Sister Jean died in 2011, but the kitchen continues to operate, serving 300 to 400 people a day.
Frank McKay, a chef at Sister Jean’s, said he was very thankful for the Jacksons’ donation and service to the kitchen.
“They did us a big favor and gave us the day off,” he said. “But we’ll be back here tomorrow. We’re here serving hundreds of people every day.”