NEWARK, Nov. 25 — Tall wood tables line the parking lot of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church on McCarter Highway. Volunteers slowly unload a truck full of 4,000 frozen portions of chicken Parmesan from a New York restaurant. Seagulls are bickering overhead, edging out pigeons to land on bread crusts.
Hundreds of people form a line along the spike-topped fence.
The soup kitchen here serves 700 breakfasts and lunches in the open air each Tuesday through Saturday, and more toward the end of the month as the benefits checks run out.( Collapse )