What We Do
The Soup Kitchen provides a safe, clean, uplifting environment for those in need of food and fellowship. We serve the homeless, the working poor, the unemployed and their families. In short, we help people who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in crisis. The following briefly summarizes what we do:
- Our primary goal is feeding the hungry in our community. We serve nutritious hot meals and distribute grocery bags containing meat, rice, canned goods, breakfast items, and basic necessities to those in need. Our “no questions asked” policy, has enabled us to serve approximately 600 meals a day to individuals in the surrounding area. Every person who comes to us for assistance is welcomed regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religious preference, special needs (disability) or income.
This past year, we served nearly 210,000 hot meals and distributed over 37,000 grocery bags. On average, that amounts to nearly 600 hot meals and 100 grocery bags each and every day!
- Our weekly educational program, Taking Care of our Babies, has been in effect since 2008. To date, we have seen over 2,000 participants go through the program.
Taking Care of our Babies was created to provide expectant and/or mothers of babies/toddlers much needed food and baby supplies along with proper education. To participate in this program, expectant and/or mothers of young children must attend weekly sessions taught by subject matter experts. We impart onto these women information about a child’s well being, while providing them much needed resources such as baby food items/packages along with vitamins, diapers, toiletries, grocery bags, etc. This program represents a holistic approach to the health, welfare and management of the population it serves.
- The Soup Kitchen collects clothing and makes it available to those in need without cost. Over 6,000 individuals have benefited from this initiative to date.
- In conjunction with the Palm Beach County Health Department, the Soup Kitchen provides free vaccinations (flu, school, elderly, etc) on the first Friday of each month.
- Since 2002, The Soup Kitchen has provided annually over 400 uncooked turkeys to our guests in time for their Thanksgiving celebration.
- Every year, Santa Claus comes to The Soup Kitchen. Last year we welcomed 603 children at our event. Every child had an opportunity to speak with Santa and received at minimum, two gifts. This program has been in effect since 2007 and ensures that no child is forgotten during the holidays.
- Partnering with organizations to help families. The Soup Kitchen receives approximately 20 requests per week from various organizations: School District of Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Children and Families, Children’s Services Council, First Seventh day Adventist Church of West Palm Beach, Community Christian Church, and Caridad Center – asking us to provide aid to families in crises. These are families that have been identified by the respective organizations as falling below the poverty level and requiring assistance with food, clothing and/or shelter. The Soup Kitchen delivers boxes of food to these families at a time when they desperately need it. We serve approximately 240 of these families a year and have helped nearly 1,200 families since 2007.
- The Soup Kitchen functions as an emergency backup kitchen facility for the Red Cross., 2-1-1, United Way and several other agencies.
- The Soup Kitchen is environmentally friendly and takes to heart green initiatives. We recycle all used paper and metal, and strive to control our utility expenditures such as water and electrical.
The Soup Kitchen is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Our initiatives are made possible with only 4 paid staff members, a large number of amazing volunteers, and of course, the generous support of our community. We are most proud to have a core group of 200 dedicated Volunteers who cook, serve and clean at The Soup Kitchen – individuals genuinely concerned about serving people in need in our community.