By: Isaiah Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Over the past six weeks, Murphy’s Chicken & Potatoes owner Andre Murphy has run a community feeding tour in which his restaurant has fed the homeless. He’s been doing so at the Turning Point Center for the homeless in his hometown.
The meals Murphy has served to the community include barbecue boneless chicken, southern fried cabbage, and white rice. In addition to the main course, volunteer Eva Brozosky added dessert by baking some chocolate chip cookies for the community members.
“We’re excited to be uptown Atlantic City. I was born and raised there, so it’s like family,” Murphy said. “To just be able to get up and continue to light up that flame and get the food going — that’s what it’s all about. We love cooking, serving, and helping our neighbors.”
Murphy has run two separate feeding tours through local nonprofit Healing for the Soul. He conducted the first one last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his work helped serve more than 3,500 people over an eight-week period of time. Murphy called serving the community his “backbone” and credited his religious background with his inspiration to help serve the community.
“I do appreciate the effort. The chefs who cook the food and prepare it — they do an excellent job,” Atlantic City resident Lugene Patel said. “I love food, and I know I’m going to enjoy this.”
One of the final stops on Murphy’s tour was at Jeffries Towers in Atlantic City. He came prepared with a massive tote bag filled with dozens of meals for senior citizens living in the apartment building.
Murphy is now working towards bringing his freshly-prepared meals to local grocery stores, so you might still get a chance to enjoy his delicious chicken — even if you missed the feeding tour.
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