The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center provides nutritious meals in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked, to anyone who comes seeking nourishment. As part of our hospitality we also encourage and assist our guests in accessing community resources, services and educational programs.
In 2015 we served over 58,000 meals (that’s an average of 150 to 300 men, women and children each day!). We also provided more than 425,000 pounds of food for our guests to take home. But that’s just the beginning! Providing a noon-time meal allows us the unique opportunity to connect with our guests to offer:
- Mental health counseling
- Substance abuse outreach
- Outreach to veterans
- Employment counseling and an Annual Job Fair
- Housing and daily living assistance such as accessing food stamps
- Nursing consultations and health screenings
- Emergency assistance for food, clothing and basic necessities
- English as a Second Language classes
Our Free Farmers Markets provides fresh fruit, vegetables and meat for guests to take home three times a week. With a generous grant from the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, we rescue produce from Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, and local farms. Many women with young children come each week to pick up fresh items to cook healthy meals for their families.