Santa Clara University

Room number: 49

Serving meals at Martha's Kitchen

Lon Normandin '56, Butch Erbst '60, Mel Russi '60, Adolph Quilici '53

For many years, Broncos have been helping serve meals at Martha’s Kitchen in San Jose.  On any given Tuesday or Wednesday, there will be a group of SCU alumni behind the counter organizing the meal preparations and directing the other volunteers on getting ready to serve the evening meal.  Some of the regular volunteers include Lon Normandin ’56, Butch Erbst ’60, Mel Russi ’60, Adolf Quilici ’53, Gene Ravizza ’50, Gerry Ferrari ’70, Bob Peters ’61 and there are others who are connected to the Santa Clara Alumni Family.  Additionally during the school year, there are many current SCU students who join the regular volunteers to serve.

The kitchen now serves a full course hot meal every Tuesday and Wednesday.  As the Kitchen celebrates its 30 years since its founding, it has achieved mile stones along the way.  In December 2010, the Bronco alumni served the two millionth (2,000,000) meal.  In addition, the kitchen prepares about 3,000 sandwiches a week.  It also sends out 160,000 hot and cold meals annually to a dozen other non-profit organizations in Santa Clara County as far south as Gilroy and Dos Palos in Merced County.

Martha’s Kitchen shares the gym of Sacred Heart Nativity School which makes it possible to serve meals to 250 people in need.  Martha’s Kitchen also prepares breakfast and lunch for the students at the Nativity schools (Sacred Heart Nativity for boys and Our Lady of Grace for girls).  These schools are run by president, Peter Pabst, S.J. MA ’89, and principal, Kevin Eagleson ’70.  The mission for the school is to break the cycle of poverty through education.  There is a lot of great work happening on the Sacred Heart Parish campus with both Martha’s Kitchen serving meals and Nativity educating middle school students.  And Broncos are volunteering for both of these great causes.