FAQs

When can I volunteer?

We are the biggest soup kitchen in New York City and serve about 1,000 meals every weekday morning. You can volunteer any day, Monday – Friday. Volunteers need to be here at 9:45 a.m. and will be finished by 12:45 p.m.

How do I sign up?

If you are an individual you can sign up here by selecting your volunteering date in advance. We also welcome groups and frequently have groups from companies, schools, churches and other organizations. For group bookings and to reserve a date please contact us at hask_inquiry@holyapostlesnyc.org.

How do I get to the soup kitchen?

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is located at 296 Ninth Avenue (on the corner of 28th Street) in Manhattan in the landmark Church of the Holy Apostles. We are easily accessible from most public transportation. You can take the C/E train to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue or take the 1 train to 28th and 7th Avenue. We are just four short blocks from Penn Station, and within walking distance from Port Authority Bus Terminal. You can also reach us by taking the M11 bus, which runs south on 9th Avenue, or the M10, which runs north on 8th Avenue.

Why volunteer?

You will make a difference! Our guests often tell us that the friendly greetings and warm smiles of volunteers and staff brighten their day. Volunteering is a great way to give back and to meet new people from all walks of life. Volunteers come from all the boroughs of New York City, different states and even different countries. From those who come every day to those who visit just once, it’s always an inspiring and memorable experience.

Do I need special skills or training?

No special skills are needed. You only need to bring yourself and a willingness to work. Many young people enjoy volunteering here, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

How big can my group be?

Group sizes are usually 6-8 people but we can create special volunteering opportunities for larger groups. For more information about groups and group bookings please contact us at hask_inquiry@holyapostlesnyc.org.

Can I make a donation to help the soup kitchen?

We are supported by the generosity of individuals and organizations in New York City, State and beyond. Financial donations are gratefully accepted and you can make a donation in advance or on the day you volunteer.

What will my volunteering day be like?

You’ll arrive on site at 9:45 a.m. to sign in, store your belongings and get your disposable hat, apron and gloves. Complimentary coffee and rolls are served daily, and the volunteers chat and get to know each other while they wait for the assignments and morning announcements.

Around 10 a.m. our Volunteer Coordinators welcome the volunteers and make the morning announcements before reading out the day’s assignments. Food service begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues until 12:30 p.m. All volunteers are invited to stay for lunch afterwards!

What should I wear?

There are no specific requirements, but volunteers should wear something they don’t mind getting dirty. Shoes with a good grip are also important in case of spillages or wet floors. All volunteers are issued with a disposable apron, hat and gloves—if you’d like to wear a cap or hat of your own, that’s fine too.

Where can I store my belongings?

We provide a number of lockers for volunteers to store their belongings during soup kitchen service. Our staff holds the keys to the lockers, but everyone is ultimately responsible for the safety of their possessions, so please bring only what you need.

What will I be doing?

You can be assigned one of many tasks, such as greeting guests, serving food or beverages, bussing tables or helping in our social services center.

I'm doing community service. How many hours of credit will I be awarded?

A morning at the soup kitchen equals 3.5 hours of volunteering credit. For information on community service credit, please contact our volunteer services manager in advance at hask_inquiry@holyapostlesnyc.org.