How a South Jersey couple started cooking for families in shelters

CAMDEN, New Jersey (WPVI) — Cooking was a family pastime for James Roberts. He picked up the skill set early in life and fell in love with food preparation.

He and his wife, Carleen Roberts, didn’t have that in common.

The high school sweethearts who live in Cherry Hill with four children have typically relied on dad for all the home-cooked meals.

But that changed in the year 2020.

“Everything shut down, so I had to learn how to cook,” said Carleen. “A lot of women were home, single moms home with kids. I wanted to teach them as well and teach them something and bring a positive out of a negative.”

The couple created the Facebook page, “My Wife Can’t Cook,” which has grown to amass over 3,000 followers with its food-minded webshows.

As the shows grew more popular, the Roberts decided to bring their talents outside of their kitchen. They brought home-cooked meals to shelters like the Volunteers of America Anna M. Sample Complex in Camden. They felt it was important to give back to the town where they grew up.

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