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Cornerstone Community Kitchen: Nourishment for body, mind, and spirit

It’s a Wednesday afternoon in downtown Princeton, and wait staff and chefs at a dozen different food venues are busy preparing ingredients for the main entrees, cooking sides dishes, putting out tablecloths, polishing silver and glassware, and setting tables. It’s a predictable routine in the food industry, from the gourmet restaurant with the highest prices to the cozy corner diner with affordable comfort food. But there’s something remarkably different at one Princeton dining destination. 

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Cornerstone Community Kitchen feeds the hungry in Princeton

A church in the heart of downtown Princeton transforms into a free restaurant, clothing store, supermarket and a toy store once a week. ​The Princeton United Methodist Church at 7 Vandeventer Avenue is the weekly host for the Cornerstone Community Kitchen, a partnership that started five years ago with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. ​From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, anyone can visit the basement fellowship hall at the church for a hot meal, free of charge. Originally meant to serve roughly 50 meals a week, Cornerstone now feeds closer to 100 people a week, in addition to providing other services.

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