ATLANTIC CITY — The community is coming together for Sister Jean’s Kitchen after finding out about a burglary that left the nonprofit with 300 pounds of food missing.
Renate Taylor, the development officer at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch, said the food bank will replace the food that Sister Jean’s lost.
It’s the food bank’s responsibility to make sure Sister Jean’s recovers from the loss, she said.
“It wasn’t even an option,” Taylor said. “Of course we’re going to be there. … This is what we do for each other.”
The Rev. John Scotland, executive director of the nonprofit that feeds the homeless, hungry and people in need, said the food bank called them as soon as they found out about the burglary.
“They’re very much supporting of us,” he said.
Sister Jean’s Kitchen opened its doors at the Presbyterian Church at Pennsylvania and Pacific avenues at 7 a.m. Wednesday to find pounds of fish, pork and chicken missing from its freezers and damage to doors, windows, locks and freezers.
Scotland estimated about 300 pounds of food was missing, along with two shopping carts that were stored in the kitchen.
Atlantic City police are investigating the incident that occurred overnight Tuesday.
Sister Jean’s continues to operate and stayed open on the day the burglary was reported, but several people have been reaching out to donate and replenish the food, Scotland said.
Volunteers at Sister Jean’s created a GoFundMe page to raise money following the burglary. About $2,500 was raised as of Monday evening.
Sister Jean’s is also welcoming monetary donations that could repair or replace equipment, doors and locks in the building that appeared to be damaged during the burglary.
Cash can be dropped off at the Community Presbyterian Church, 1501 W. Brigantine Ave. in Brigantine. Checks can be made out to Friends of Jean Webster and mailed to P.O. Box 5146, Atlantic City, NJ 08404.
Anyone interested in donating can call Scotland at 609-266-7942.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority had announced in June that Sister Jean’s would be moving to the site of the closed St. Monica’s Catholic Church, and Scotland said they are looking to move to a site with better security.
The Police Department said anyone who saw suspicious activity or has additional information about the burglary can call the Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766 or anonymously text information to tip411 (847411), beginning the text with ACPD.