Soup's On with Jackie Stromfeld

April 18, 2024  |  by Cody Gohl   |  

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we're celebrating the incredible Food Bank volunteers who power our mission each day. These neighbors give of their time, resources, and talents to help us empower every New Yorker to achieve food security for good. 

And they don't all do it in conventional ways. Meet Jackie, for instance, who utilized her background in curriculum development to write a first-of-its-kind guide to organizing and operating a community soup kitchen. For Jackie, it was a way for her to use her gifts to help her neighbors fight back against food insecurity. 

Click this link to join our amazing community of Food Bank volunteers! 

Jackie Stromfeld stands in Food Bank For New York City Community Kitchen in Harlem.Jackie Stromfeld standing in Food Bank's Community Kitchen behind a copy of her book, "Soup's On: The Complete Guide for Organizing and Operating a Soup Kitchen in your Community." 

"I don't want to say that I've been sheltered, but I have," she told us. "I'd read about soup kitchens, read about food insecurity, but I didn't really understand it until I saw it. And it made a huge impact on me." 

"People have the right to eat, to have healthy lives, and I wanted to be part of that," she continued. "And all of a sudden it came together for me." 

Volunteer serves meals at Food Bank For New York City's Community Kitchen in Harlem. Jackie serving meals at our Community Kitchen & Food Pantry in Harlem. 

After years of research, development, and writing, Jackie is proud to share her guide with the world. Packed with tips, how-to guides, best practices, and hundreds of nutritious recipes, this guide will be a boon to those looking to nourish their communities. And it all began with the simple desire to give back.

To meet Jackie and hear her story, click the video below: 

To join Jackie as a Food Bank volunteer, click this link. There, you can learn more about our volunteer community, explore new service opportunities, and sign up for our volunteer newsletter.

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