Our Hunger Prevention Program consists of a soup kitchen and food pantry, open every Saturday except the first Saturday of the month, from 10 to 11 AM, although we usually try to open earlier than 10 AM as the line waiting for us to open is very long. Approximately 400 people are fed in our soup kitchen during this time. They are served eggs, potatoes, sausage, bread, fruit, juice, coffee and milk.
In an effort to restore a sense of dignity to those ordinarily relegated to food lines, our seated guests are served an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast in a restaurant-style setting. *Although we receive a certain amount of allocations for food, we can only count the number of guests, not how many meals they ate. Most of our guests “fill up” as much as they can, knowing they will not have a meal like this for another week. (One person still holds the record – 10 plates of food at one sitting!)
Guests are also encouraged to take part in our food pantry program, which supplies emergency food in grocery bags. As an EFP, emergency food pantry, we distribute grocery bags to those who are referred to us by NYC’s Hunger Hotline and anyone who comes to our door.
Additionally, we provide access to social services, including information on food stamps, housing advocacy, health care, and job assistance are readily available during the time of our soup kitchen.
At 10 AM or as soon as they are finished eating, non-English-speaking guests can attend a free ESL (English as a Second Language) class.
*Would you like to help us pay for the extra plates of food? Alternatively, the “consumables” – the plates, cups, napkins, etc.? For most grants, these items are not reimbursable yet it costs us $650 per month to provide them. If so click here to go to our DONATE page. Thank you!