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Client Spotlight: James Jones

Hi, James! When did you first start coming to the soup kitchen? Six years ago How has Franciscan Charities been able to help you? Franciscan Charities helped me the moment I walked in the soup kitchen doors. Initially I walked in for a meal, however, I found more than just food. Shortly after arriving I [...]

April 4th, 2016|

Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration

The New Jersey Center of Divine Mercy 11th Bi-Lingual Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration St. Rocco's Church 212 Hunterdon Street, Newark, NJ 07103 Sunday, April 3rd 2016 at 10:30am Event Schedule: 9:00am CHURCH OPENS Confession Available Veneration of First Class Saint Faustina Relic & Divine Mercy Icon 10:30am DIVINE MERCY MASS Guest Celebrant: Most Rev. Bernard [...]

March 29th, 2016|

Q & A with Chef Ronney Jacob

Our very own Chef Ronney Jacob is an example of a true success story. We recently sat down with Chef Ronney for a Q & A to learn about his journey from soup kitchen client to becoming a soup kitchen employee — and fulfilling his lifelong dream of working as a chef. Hi, Ronney. Congratulations [...]

March 14th, 2016|

U.S. Department of Agriculture highlights work at Soup Kitchen

The Community Food Bank of New Jersey recently brought representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a visit to Franciscan Kitchens (also known as St. Ann's Soup Kitchen). They caught some wonderful images of our clients, staff, and volunteers. Check out this photo collage on Flickr:

February 22nd, 2016|

Support our Toy Drive! Make a Child Smile! Donate Today!

Our Annual Toy Drive is quickly approaching! Last year, over 800 children of all ages waited on line to select a brand new toy with the help of our volunteer elves. Many times, this is the only gift these children will receive for the holidays. This year promises to be another magical day, but we need [...]

November 17th, 2015|

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Franciscan Charities is gearing up for our annual coat drive and we need your support to make it a success. Last year we distributed over 800 coats and winter accessories to children and adults. Your donation will help us keep our Newark neighbors warm this winter. Please CLICK HERE to make a donation. "Me and my [...]

November 2nd, 2015|

Franciscan Enterprises partners with the Clean Water Fund

The newest project from the partnership between Franciscan Enterprises and the Clean Water Fund includes a kiosk, fence, and gate at a community garden in Newark. Rainwater will be collected in basins to help the gardens thrive. Great job by Ed and the guys, pictured here with EJ, a local community member.

October 10th, 2015|

5th Annual Charity Golf Outing is a Huge Success!

On Monday, September 28th, over one hundred generous sponsors, supporters, and volunteers took part in our 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing held at Essex County Country Club. The day -- which included a luncheon, golf, a silent auction, and dinner --  was a huge success. We'd like to thank everyone that contributed into making such a [...]

September 29th, 2015|

5th Annual Charity Golf Outing – SAVE THE DATE

On Monday, September 28, 2015, we will host the 5th Annual Franciscan Charities Golf Outing at the Essex County Country Club in West Orange, New Jersey. We are excited to be hosting at this venue again this year; it is rich in history and tradition and offers one of the premier golf courses in the tri-state area. The [...]

July 26th, 2015|

Franciscan Charities receives grant from The Hyde and Watson Foundation

A generous grant from The Hyde and Watson Foundation allowed us to make much needed improvements at the soup kitchen, including a nicely paved walk up to the stairs, a beautiful slate-tread stairwell, and a prep room adjacent to the kitchen with a second service window. The new prep room will also be used by the [...]

July 26th, 2015|