The Soup Kitchen provides a hot, nutritious, well-balanced meal every weekday, including holidays,from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Soup kitchen guests come from all over the five boroughs of New York City, and for many of them, this is the only meal they will eat that day. We have always had an open-door policy—everyone is welcome, without question or qualification.
Although we only serve for two hours, the day at the soup kitchen is much longer than that. It starts bright and early at 6 a.m. when our chefs arrive to begin to prepare the meal for the 1,000 or more guests they will feed that day.
But it’s not only the quantity of meals served that’s important—providing nutritious food that will sustain and nourish our guests is also key to our approach. Each meal is designed with health in mind and is made up of the recommended balance of fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and New York state dairy. Only whole grains are used and in the last few years we have removed all processed food from the menu.
Through the Brown Bag Lunch Program, we prepare 225 portable mid-day meals each weekday for the Chelsea community. We partner with Hearty Start, which distributes the lunches to homeless individuals in the Penn Station area, homeless students attending P.S. 33 across from the soup kitchen, and seniors taking part in the Chat and Chew program at Penn South, an affordable housing complex next door to the soup kitchen.