35th Anniversary Press Release

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen to Mark 35 Years of Serving Meals to Homeless and Hungry New Yorkers


Contact Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Phone: 646-998-6104

New York City, New York, August 1, 2017.  On the evening of October 26th, 2017, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, New York’s largest food emergency program, will honor all who have made it possible to serve hungry and homeless New Yorkers since October, 1982. The 35th anniversary celebration from 6 pm to 9 pm will be at The Church of the Holy Apostles at 296 Ninth Avenue where the soup kitchen operates, and will feature interactive archival exhibits, memorabilia, and food and beverages reminiscent of popular cuisine throughout the decades. Tickets are $35.00 and more information can be found here.

Since serving its first few meals in the fall of 1982, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has become a beacon of hope and compassion for countless New Yorkers experiencing food insecurity. With no income restrictions, it has welcomed both the chronically poor and those experiencing temporary financial setbacks.

“On any one day the homeless and the housed, the unemployed and those making minimum wage, senior citizens and even college students, will sit down together at our tables for a hot, nourishing meal,” says Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew St. John.

Its long history is a testament to the grass roots dedication of volunteers, staff and visionary leaders who have banded together even through overwhelming odds. The soup kitchen continued to serve meals through building renovations after a catastrophic 1990 fire, on the day of and through the aftermath of the tragic 9/11 attacks, and even during Hurricane Sandy and numerous storms and power outages.  The brainchild of Father Rand Frew, the soup kitchen opened in late October, 1982 after much research, fundraising and support from the parish and local community in Chelsea. On that foundation, subsequent pastors, managers, cooks, and between fifty and seventy daily volunteers have continued a tradition that is now known for its smooth and efficient operations, nutritious meals using fresh produce, commitment to best food sustainable practices, and hospitality.

Offering more than emergency food, the mission of the soup kitchen is to feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, seek justice for the homeless, and provide a sense of hope and opportunity to those in need.  In addition to its food program, its social services program offers basic clothing and hygiene items, helps guests with referrals to health and housing services, an in-house computer lab and job search skills training.  For decades, guests have also found nourishment for their soul through the soup kitchen’s writers’ workshop, meditation classes, and live music, among other offerings.

Highlighted in numerous publications for more than three decades, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and featured on local and national network news programs, the soup kitchen continues to demonstrate the ongoing challenge of hunger and best practices in food emergency program services.

This event commemorates all those who have stepped up to meet those challenges head on, and made a difference in the lives of New Yorkers who have sought relief and nourishment at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen since 1982.