The AP reports that Jean Webster, who opened a soup kitchen in Atlantic City 25 years ago after she saw a homeless man rummaging for food in the trash, has died. She was 75.
Her death Monday was confirmed by the Rev. John Scotland, a longtime colleague.
Webster, a former chef, decided to devote the remainder of her life to feeding the poor when she saw the homeless man looking for food in 1986.
Ever since, Sister Jean’s Kitchen served hot meals to the poor twice a day in the shadow of Atlantic City’s billion-dollar casinos. She initially fed up to 35 people a day from her own kitchen before moving into a church.
Though she was not a nun, her work earned her the title “Sister Jean,” as she was universally known in Atlantic City.