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Serving free hot lunches every Friday for over 30 years
Why is a Soup Kitchen necessary?
Sadly, in one of the greatest cities in the world, people still go hungry. To help solve this problem, Friday Soup Kitchen serves a hot, nourishing meal at noon every Friday, 52 weeks a year – including holidays.
Who do we serve?
Our mission is to feed our hungry neighbors, regardless of their circumstances. Some are homeless, some are unemployed, some have health or drug issues. Regardless, they are welcome to join us with no questions asked. Last year, nearly 20,000 meals were served in Reidy Friendship Hall.
What do we serve?
Surprisingly, we don’t serve soup (although we may have 30 years ago). What we do offer our guests is a complete, hot and nourishing meal, prepared fresh every Friday. A typical meal might consist of meat loaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli. Plus freshly chopped salad, fruit cocktail, a banana, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a dessert. Also, lots of hot coffee and juice.
How do we serve ?
There are no lines at Friday Soup Kitchen. Instead, we seat our guests at round tables for eight, with a tablecloth, real plates and silver, even a centerpiece. Each table is waited on by one of our volunteers and often children from local private schools. We try to create an atmosphere where guests feel welcome and are treated with a dignity that may be lacking in their lives.