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 firstname.lastname@example.org – April 24, 2013 Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach County