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Award Winning Chef Jesse Jones Honored For His Volunteer Work

Chef Jesse Jones Jesse Jones, a big hearted chef, has volunteered to help many a cause and charity. On Christmas Day, the Memorial West United Presbyterian Church in Newark, NJ presented this worthy humanitarian with a plaque commemorating his sixth year of 'just helping out' and his seven years of cooking at their 7th Street Bistro. Beyond this, Chef Jesse has volunteered at several other places as well, including Trinity Presbyterian Church in Paramus. He has also demonstrated his famed southern cooking at Karina's Cuchina in the Hackensack Bloomingdale's at the Riverside Square Mall. During his most recent cooking show at Karina's Cuchina, numerous unwrapped toys were donated to his cause.

Members of Paramus Sunrise Rotary and Bloomingdale employees chipped in to make this 'Breakfast with Jesse' a memorable one. They attended the breakfast which featured omelets, biscuits from scratch, and sausages that were made to be devoured, along with some secrets on how to extract the best flavor and aroma from the meal.

For the past nine years, the Memorial West United Presbyterian Church, located at 286 South 7th Street in Newark, New Jersey, has provided mission services to the community in the form of a “soup kitchen“, the 7th Street Bistro, a Hunger Action Program which feeds and shares the Good News with approximately 200 people a month. It is a part of the church's commitment and vision to “connect faith to life”.

Every year on Christmas Day, with the support of the Newark Presbytery and its Hunger Action Committee, they prepare and serve a gala Christmas Dinner to anyone who is hungry or alone on Christmas Day. At these dinners, gifts are also distributed to everyone, along with books and toys for the children. These Christmas Day dinners offer the opportunity to re-tell the Nativity Story to many guests who are looking for a church connection and experiencing the fellowship of Christian believers for the first time. Over the years, the 7th Street Bistro has served more than 200 community guests at each of their Christmas dinners.

They would like to thank Bloomingdale’s coworkers and the Paramus Sunrise Rotary, who helped with the toy collection, as well as members of www.ParamusPost.com who volunteered to help serve at the church dinner.

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