Thousands of people come through the doors of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen every week for a tasty, nutritious meal that will see them through the day.
Many guests are homeless, and the time they spend here gives them a respite from life on the street, a place to relax, where they feel safe and comfortable and are part of a community.
Some guests are in a transitional situation and spend time with our counselors to help them take the first steps toward finding a permanent place to live or a way back into the workforce. Others come on their lunch break, eating quickly, so they can get back to work.
Thousands of people means thousands of different needs and different situations. But our guests have one thing in common: all are hungry.
Hunger in New York City
Volunteers are often surprised by the cross section of people they see coming for a meal. Women, men, children, all ages and ethnicities—hunger doesn’t discriminate and sadly, coping with hunger every day is a reality for many.
1.4 million people are hungry in New York City – we are the largest soup kitchen in New York and serve more than 1,000 meals every weekday.
1 in 5 children live in food insecure homes – the summer months are the busiest in the soup kitchen when schools are out and more children and families join the soup kitchen line.
1 in 7 homeless people are veterans – we estimate that 100 or more veterans come to the soup kitchen for a meal and for help, every day.
Homelessness has doubled among seniors in the last 5 years – our latest survey results show that more than 10% of our guests are over the age of 65.
You don’t have to be homeless to be hungry – for many low-income families, difficult choices have to be made: the choice to buy food or pay rent, to buy food or to buy a winter coat for a child. New families entering the shelter system increased by a shocking 12% in 2013. For many soup kitchen guests, being able to come here for a meal allows them—and their families—to remain in their homes.