Employees from California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) outlets around Los Angeles put their skills to work earlier this month to help feed homeless men and women at St. Joseph Center’s Bread and Roses CafÈ in Venice.

California Pizza Kitchen employees ranging from a server to a regional manager were on hand to “do everything,” including preparing pasta with meat sauce, readying Caesar salad, clearing tables and resetting them for the next seating, says a St. Joseph Center spokesman.

The restaurant employees also brought along desserts, including chocolate cake and peanut butter cheesecake.

“Bread and Roses CafÈ can’t even function without volunteer servers, but only a few groups come in with all the ingredients in hand, ready to cook first and then serve,” St. Joseph Center executive director Rhonda Meister noted. “The team from California Pizza Kitchen exemplifies what the holiday spirit of giving is all about.”

The Bread and Roses CafÈ is one of St. Joseph Center’s ten programs, which together serve 6,500 men, women and children each year with services that help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Services include a food pantry, family-building activities, senior services, emergency and long-term homeless services, job training, high-quality childcare and preschool and assistance in finding and maintaining low-cost subsidized housing.

Information, www.stjoseph ctr.org/.

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