The Soup Kitchen (TSK) Celebrates Its Volunteers

Boynton Beach, FL, November 16, 2014 — Every year, TSK takes time to recognize the individuals who make things happen – it’s Volunteers.

The annual Volunteers Recognition Brunch took place Sunday with nearly 200 feasting on a special meal. Converting the actual kitchen to a festive environment was no easy feat and under the direction of Marlene Mejia, it was magically transformed into an ambience perfect for a celebration feast.  An amazing buffet prepared by lead Chef Sid Binstock was accompanied by music from The Notables, dancing and giveaways.  “It’s a beautiful day”, said Enrique Zuanetto – Executive Director.  “The Soup Kitchen can do what it does because of your giving heart. We are blessed to have so many of you dedicated to our mission. Thank you, for making our kitchen numero uno”.

Claire Ramlall, a 15+ year volunteer graced the audience with a story of a child whose fancy dinner continuously came from a soup kitchen.

Rhoda Fliss, President of the TSK Board of Directors, also thanked volunteers, “On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank you for without your help, this kitchen would not function. My wish is that we are all here together again next year to celebrate this annual occasion.”

Marlene Mejia, board member and chair of the Events Committee, thanked the individuals who volunteered to make the event special: the decorating committee, the cooks, her husband – Herman, servers and the bartenders.  In addition, she and Enrique Zuanetto presented the anniversary pins:

  • Volunteers receiving 5 year pins:  Len Cohen, Flora Farshadi, Carol Gibelli, Esta Grollman, Judy Stern
  • Volunteers receiving 10 year pins: George Bacalos, Olga Bacalos, Jack Kronz
  • Volunteers receiving 15 year pins: Ann Eastwick, Dan Kaplowitz, Jack Perlmutter, Pearl Perlmutter, Mavis Short
  • Volunteers receiving 20 year pins: Carol Corenthal, Ann Rosenberg

A special recognition was bestowed on Elaine Finkelstein who received a pin for her continuously dedicated service to TSK of 30 years.

What makes TSK special?  Our Volunteers!  We are blessed to have so many who give of their time to serve others.







About The Soup Kitchen (TSK)
Established in 1983 and now in its 31st year, The Soup Kitchen is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to help the less fortunate members of our community.  This includes the elderly, unemployed, underemployed, poor and homeless – women, men and children.  TSK feeds the hungry and assists in keeping families together by providing them nourishment, clothing and education. TSK provides meals at no cost to its guests and is sustained by generous contributions of donors and community partners.  To learn more about the miracles that happen at TSK visit:

Press Contact:  Sonia M. Green,, 954.348.4148


Red Day Makeover at The Soup Kitchen


Thank you Keller Williams Realty Boynton Beach for selecting The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach as your preferred Red Day cause! Our heartfelt gratitude goes to Tom Ellis and the 40+ employees who participated in TSK’s makeover on May 8. The red shirts were everywhere, painting the inside and outside of the kitchen and refreshing the landscaping. A glorious day, indeed. Thanks also to Sherwin-Williams for Your Home for donating the paint and to The Home Depot for providing the mulch.
Special thanks to Jackie and Tom Ellis for completing the makeover with a well-needed contribution of new tables and chairs.

The makeover has transformed The Soup Kitchen into an uplifting place that inspires

2 afterchange; a place that helps shift our guests’ outlook about their lives and possibilities for the future.  A place that says, we care and you matter.  We have been transformed into a place of hope.​”



The Soup Kitchen Pays Tribute to its Volunteers on November 17, 2013

At their annual Appreciation Brunch held at The Soup Kitchen’s facility in Boynton Beach, Volunteers were the guests! 

tsk_cafeteriaThe Soup Kitchen was transformed for the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Brunch

Sidney Binstock – Chef for 2013 Brunch
prepared an amazing feast! volunteer_sidney_binstock



Brunch Kitchen Staff supporting the Chef, were:  Maurice Abutl, Marvin

brunch_kitchen_staffBerger, Ronald C., Stanley Ifcher, Gil Lachow, and Ron Lass



Brunch Servers included:  Devi Goldstein, Claire Ramlall, and Maureen Diaz






volunteers_decoranting_planning_committeeDecorating/Planning Committee:
Decorating/Planning Committee L-R, clockwise:  Trish Kornblatt, Monette Hoffer, Maria Ayalde, Ruth Haynes, Rhoda Fliss, Mary Jane Gibbons,  Judy Stern, Chair: Marlene Mejia, Marta Sandler, Devi Goldstein, and  Aurelia Colom


Enrique Zuanetto, Executive Director, addresses the Volunteers…“Today is a special day. It’s the day I recognize YOU, our volunteers, for everything you do to make TSK succeed”.


volunteer_felix_martinez_30_years_serviceA highlight of the event was the recognition of Volunteers’ years of service.  A total of 76 pins were awarded, ranging from 5 years of service to 30 years.   Special recognition to Felix Martinez, TSK only 30th year award recipient.

Volunteers received a  beautiful Cookbook (Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Haynes!), as well as The Soup Kitchen apron.  In addition, they participated in drawing of prized donated by West Elm, The Container Store, Mrs. Bella Benlolo and Mrs. Edith Shlesinger.

A very special thank you to all our Volunteers who everyday give of their time to help us realize our mission to feed the hungry.  The annual Volunteers Recognition Brunch is a recognition that is well deserved for all you do!

Real estate agents give Boynton Soup Kitchen a one-day makeover

Real estate agents from Keller Williams Realty Boynton Beach ditched the office Thursday for the sake of community service.

As part of the company’s Renew Energize Donate (RED) day, about 100 volunteers donned red shirts and repainted, landscaped and fixed up the inside and outside of The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach.

“It feels good to give back to the community where we live and where we sell real estate,” said Beverly Mandell, a Boynton agent.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., employees dug up roots, planted flowers, painted walls, mounted blinds and framed pictures to beautify a place that feeds hundreds every month.

Keller Williams agents compared the one-day remodeling event to a popular TV show.
“It’s like ‘Extreme Makeover,’ except where they have a week to remodel a place, we’re doing it in a day. It’ll be easy for us because we have a lot of help out here,” said Carola Lueder, an ax-wielding Keller Williams agent.

Local businesses also donated 200 pounds of mulch, a truck full of flowers, paint, food, blinds and picture frames for the day’s mission, said Donna Tavares, operations manager at Keller Williams Boynton Beach.

“We want to make it a little more homey,” she said. “People that come to the Soup Kitchen are dealing with a lot and we just want to make this place a little happier for them.”

Rhoda Fliss, chairwoman of the board of directors for The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach, said she appreciated the help and the efforts of the Keller Williams volunteers.

“We didn’t have blinds before, now we have blinds. It’s nice,” she said. But Fliss’ favorite part is seeing the smiles on the faces of her regular patrons.

“They can’t stop asking about it,” she said. “We’ve been very fortunate at The Soup Kitchen, so the people that come here should be fortunate, too.”

Caregiver Kathy Miranda, 51, visits the Soup Kitchen once a week to pick up bread and desserts for her mother.

Next week when she comes back, the center will have a different look. She said that décor isn’t the reason that she keeps coming back, but she welcomes the changes.

“They’re already doing a good job of making the place look nice,” Miranda said as she looked around at the new blinds being put up. “The people are so friendly, it’s like being at home really, it’s just like family.”

She added: “I know anyone who comes here is going through a lot and we really could use any type of lift in here.”

Keller Williams hosts the RED day every year on May 9 across the nation. Last year, the Boynton chapter donated diapers and baby supplies to the Soup Kitchen’s mother aid program.


Courtesy of Keller Williams of Boynton Beach

By Attiyya Anthony, Sun Sentinel,0,384840.story

Soup’s always on: Kitchen celebrates 30 years of service

The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach, known as the “cucina de Dios” in Spanish, celebrated its 30th anniversary gala and fundraiser April 18 at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach.

The kitchen, which has served more than 3 million hot meals since its inception in 1983, started out in a van serving soup and sandwiches, and moved to its current location on the grounds of the Caridad health center in 1997.

With its no questions asked policy, the soup kitchen, run by Enrique Zuanetto, 68, a former volunteer and past board member, is open 365 days per year and served 210,000 hot meals and 1.4 million pounds of food last year alone.
“It’s a wonderful job. I’m very proud,” Zuanetto said.

He said that the kitchen at 8645 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., is an all-volunteer effort and receives no federal state or local funding, but does receive support from residents and the local business community such as donations from Costco, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Panera, Domino’s Pizza, KFC, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Starbucks, among others.


Jan Engoren jengoren@tribune.comApril 24, 2013  Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach County,0,2014147.story

The Soup Kitchen’s 30th Anniversary Gala

View More:, April 18 marked a significant milestone for The Soup Kitchen. We celebrated our 30th year in serving people in need.  This was our first formal fundraiser and it was a night to remember at Benvenuto Restaurant in Boynton Beach.   

Michael Williams, anchor and reporter for the News Channel 5 team, was our Emcee and did a spectacular job.  (He was so impressed that vowed to return to The Soup Kitchen to do a special piece).  We heard from our Executive Director, Enrique Zuanetto and from the Chair of the 30th Anniversary Committee, Marlene Mejia.  The highlight of the evening was the presentation of The Soup Kitchen’s first MVP Award. (Most Valuable Patron)  Appropriate recognition and honor was bestowed on Mr. Arthur J. Remillard for his generosity and consistent support of our organization.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank everyone for their support of our special event.

Photographer: FRANK DONNINO

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012In a joint sponsorship with Caridad Center, The Soup Kitchen facilitated a visit for Santa Claus on December 22, 2012.  We served a special holiday meal to over 1, 200 guests and provided toys to approximately 735 children. 

It was an amazing day!  We brought smiles to many children. 

Special thanks to our Volunteers for their outstanding support on that day.