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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.


Farm to Tray Event Raises over $235,000

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
(212) 998-6104 

Farm to Tray Gala Event Raises over $235,000 to Feed Hungry New Yorkers

New York City, New York, May 18th, 2017. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen – the largest soup kitchen in New York – hosted its fifth annual Farm to Tray benefit. With the help of some of New York’s favorite culinary names, the soup kitchen attracted nearly 400 guests, and raised a record breaking $235,000.

The soup kitchen, which is also marking 35 years of operation, feeds approximately 5,000 hungry and homeless New Yorkers every week, and relies on individual donations for about two-thirds of its funding. The benefit was launched in 2012 to celebrate the soup kitchen’s commitment to best food sustainable practices, such as purchasing New York state produce and partnering with New York City food waste organizations.

“The success of this year’s Farm to Tray will go a long way toward assuring vulnerable New Yorkers that they can have a place to come to for healthy meals throughout the coming months,” says Interim Executive Director the Right Reverend Andrew R. St. John. “With proposed cuts to government funding of food social safety net programs, times are even more uncertain for the food insecure in our city. But this outpouring of generosity from our supporters is a hopeful and moving testament to the compassion of New Yorkers.”

Guests at Farm to Tray enjoyed a diverse range of sustainable food delights, starting off with an outdoor ZICO Lounge and Garden Party featuring Seasonal Salad and Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich by Chef Joseph Cuccia of 17 Summer Restaurant, Pork Belly Chonut XXX and Bad as Texas Brisket by Chef Robert Austin Cho of Kimchi Smoke. The evening continued inside, where guests enjoyed a variety of dishes prepared on site by 10 chefs and restaurant teams generously donating their time and talent.

Joining the celebration, Senator Brad Hoylman presented and read his proclamation honoring Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on the occasion of its 35th Anniversary, and declaring May 18th as Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Appreciation Day in the 27th Senate District of New York.

“We’re grateful for all the support from our federal, state and local elected public officials who advocate our mission of sustainability, and helped make this year’s Farm to Tray a special celebration of our community,” says Michael Ottley, Director of Operations. “As we strive to bring more sustainable, healthy and nutritious fruit, vegetable and dairy to hungry New Yorkers who have relied on us for the past 35 years, I just want to say thank you to all the congressmen, who showed their support of our daily feeding program at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.”

Because the event was at the soup kitchen itself, at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea, and because of in-kind donations of ingredients, silent auction items, photography, music by the talented Avenues World School students and volunteer efforts behind the scenes, most of the proceeds will go directly to the soup kitchen’s meal and social services program. This year for the first time, a volunteer media committee comprised of food bloggers and social media influencers was formed to actively publicize the event. And previous supporters and groups, such as Gotham Burger Social Club, returned as spokespersons, auction donors and highly competitive bidders. Whole Foods Market and dcc were the first to donate at the new $25,000 Diamond Sponsor level, followed by a generous $15,000 Platinum sponsorship from Agera Energy, and  $10,000 Silver sponsorships from Google, Zico and  Tabatchnick Fine Foods.  Corporate and partnering organization sponsors such as Investors Bank, International Paper and Trinity Church were joined by individual “Visionary,” “Champion” and “Advocate” donors, helping to increase this year’s funds raised by almost 35% over the event’s 2016 revenue.

“We’re grateful to so many people for making this Farm to Tray such a success,” remarks Bishop St. John. “Our honorees, Whole Foods Market, Timothy Higden and Patrick Athy, have been so generous with their efforts and contributions over the five years since the beginning of Farm to Tray. Additionally, the many chefs and generous sponsors, silent auction donors, hard-working volunteers, and everyone who came to enjoy the night made this a joyful community effort, and a celebration of our mission.”

About Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Farm to Tray:

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in New York and has been a symbol of hope and compassion in the Chelsea section of Manhattan since 1982. Every weekday between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., nourishing meals are served to nearly 1,000 hungry New Yorkers who dine in the beautiful sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church. The mission of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is to provide more than just a hot meal. A social services program connects guests with supportive services to help them navigate their way toward health, housing and jobs. For more, visit:


Farm to Tray is Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen’s annual spring fundraiser. To find out more about Farm to Tray, visit

2017 Farm to Tray at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen


  • Whole Foods Market
  • Patrick Athy and Timothy Higdon, Founding Farm to Tray Partners

Culinary Partners and Menu

ZICO Lounge & Garden Party

Joseph Cuccia of 17 Summer Restaurant

  • Seasonal Salad – Shaved Zucchini, Radish, Champagne Vinaigrette, Grated Ricotta Salata Alfajores
  • Dulce de Leche Cookie Sandwich

Robert Austin Cho of Kimchi Smoke

  • Chonut XXX – Pork Belly, Smoked Kimchi,Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Scallions, BBQ Sauce, Donut
  • Bad as Texas Brisket – Smoked Brisket with dry rub, BBQ Sauce optional

Michael Armstrong of Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown

  • Lamb Barbacoa Tacos with Salsa Borracha
  • Seared Tuna on Sesame Tostaditas with Chipotle Aioli and Avocado

Ginger Pierce & Preston Madson of Jams

  • Madras Curry Braised Lamb Neck over an English Pea Hummus with a Cilantro-Mint Chutney
  • Baby Radishes dipped in Uni Butter and topped with Gomasio and Red Shiso

Laurence Edelman of Left Bank

  • Handmade Mongolian Dumplings: Spicy Fish, Pork & Beef
  • Mongolian Health Salad

Caroline Schiff of Scoops & Sweets at the Greene Grape

  • Basil Strawberry Shortcake with Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Ralpheal Abrahante of Thalassa

  • Quinoa Kale Fritter
  • Branzino Tartare with Truffle Olive Oil

Craig Reid of The Westin New York at Times Square

  • Bourbon Cured Gravlax: Blini, Crème fraîche, Heirloom Lemon Vinegar Pearls, Basil
  • Persian Spiced Lamb Loin, Tart Tomato Chutney, Saffron Cracker

Yvan Lemoine of Union Fare

  • Fresh Fusilli with Lamb Neck Ragu and Fresh Ricotta

Lauren Desteno of Vaucluse of Altamarea Group

  • Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise and Sunflower Seeds, Spring Onion Tart

Meliano Plasencia of ZIO Ristorante

  • ZIO Meatballs
  • Lamb Ragu with Orecchiette

Felipe Saint-Martin of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

  • Mushroom Lasagna with Garlic Chips
  • Apple Tortellini with Whipped Sweet Ricotta


For production information about Farm to Tray please contact:

Sara Pandolfi, Executive Producer, Farm to Tray

E-mail:          Phone: 917.991.3023


Social Media Handles

  • Twitter: @holyapostlesnyc #farmtotray
  • Instagram: @holyapostlessoupkitchen #farmtotray
  • Facebook: @holyapostlessoupkitchen #farmtotray




For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
(212) 998-6104

Joseph Alexander, Director
(212) 582-1941


New York City, New York March 20, 2017TheEdwardMorganBallet will be honoring Earth Day and planting seeds of awareness with a performance of “The Creation” on April 21, 22, and 23 at the Church of the Holy Apostles. The 8 pm performances will benefit Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the Church’s primary on-site mission and non-sectarian program that has served hungry and homeless New Yorkers since 1982. This performance is free to the public, if you would like a reserved seat you must make a $50 donation. For free seating or reserved seating everyone must RSVP.

Advanced, reserved seating will be available for purchase online or by phone at  (212) 582-1941

“Ballet dancers, musicians, actors and poets will raise awareness through the arts about homelessness in New York City,” says TheEdwardMorganBallet director Joseph Alexander. Mr. Alexander says he was inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation,” from the 1927 book of poems “God’s Trombones.”

The performance is choreographed by Edward Morgan, former principal of the original Joffrey Ballet NYC, director of Joffrey II, choreographer of the television show, ClubMTV, and now choreographer of his own ballet company TheEdwardMorganBallet, under the direction of Joseph Alexander. The New York Times has hailed TheEdwardMorganBallet  as “luminous, joyous dance.”

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is committed to using earth friendly, food sustainable best practices that optimizes nutrition for its approximate 1000 hungry and homeless guests every weekday. The midday meals are served in the sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church where the evening “Creation” performances will be held in April. Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew R St John is thrilled to be celebrating Earth Day with EdwardMorganBallet, “The convergence of the arts, honoring the earth and raising awareness on behalf of homeless guests will be a beautiful way to express our commitment to what we call ‘Food for the Soul,’ he says, “We’re so impressed by and grateful for the Edward Morgan’s generous and tireless effort.”

Latest figures show New York homeless shelters are at a record high 60,400 homeless people each night, and over 24,000 of them are youth.

This Mass For The Ballet is inspired by one of Mr. Alexander’s dance students, part of TheEdwardMorgan Outreach Program. She came up to him in class and said, “I will be late for rehearsal tomorrow because I’m moving into a homeless shelter.” Mr. Alexander recalls that he was actually in shock when the little girl said this to him. He conferred with Edward Morgan

who responded by saying the little girl is very talented and mentally stable; his advice was that if she weren’t treated the same as everyone else, she wouldn’t be happy. “So I was afraid,” said Mr. Alexander, “but I turned around and said, ‘DON’T BE LATE!’ And the little girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh don’t worry Mr. Alexander, I already told my mama that we need to move early so we won’t be late!’” Not only did she do a great performance, but she was not late for rehearsal and her excitement and enthusiasm for the program blew Mr. Alexander away.

Please note, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House, and St. John’s Lutheran Church are donating substantial rehearsal space for this project.

“a sunny and compassionate interest in the world around them, an outlook reflected in this pristine young classical troupe and its vibrant repertory”

The New York Times


“Ballet For The Homeless” When: April 21, 22, 23 8 pm

Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue, New York New York 10001


You must RSVP at (212) 582-1941 for all seating, whether it is for a free seat or a reserved seat for a donation of $50. The youngest child that can attend this performance must be in 1st grade. Proceeds benefiting Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.


Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, We Dance To Heal The World!

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen 

New York’s largest food emergency program, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has welcomed hungry and homeless New Yorkers for midday meals and a social service program that offers comfort, justice, hope and opportunity since 1982.