Weekly Soup Kitchen
St. Joe’s operates a weekly, Saturday soup kitchen out of the basement of The Church of St. Joseph, located in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. The Soup Kitchen’s doors open to the all-volunteer staff at 10:00 a.m. The staff prepares meals, which typically consist of an entrée with a protein and a starch, a side salad, fruit cup, bread and butter, coffee, milk, and sometimes a dessert. On average, we’re able to serve an entire tray of food for only $2. The staff works within accepted nutritional guidelines to ensure that well-rounded, nutritional meals are prepared.
From 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., doors are open to the public, and members of the volunteer staff serve food to hungry and needy individuals. No fees are charged for a meal, and no requests for a donation are made. St. Joe’s policy is that any member of the public is welcome to partake in a meal, and no questions are asked of those who walk through St. Joe’s doors every Saturday. On average, 450 meals are served weekly.
Approximately six times a year, St. Joe’s hosts a special meal, at which it provides a more elaborate food offering than at its regular weekly food pantries. The Special Meals generally correspond to holidays, such as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, and operate in the same manner as the above-described Weekly Soup Kitchen, i.e. they are open to the public, staffed by volunteers, and free of charge. Like the Weekly Soup Kitchen, the Special Meals Program is intended to serve – and does serve – underprivileged individuals, including a large number of people living on the streets or in the shelter system, by providing them with free, healthy meals.
Used Clothing Distribution
St. Joe’s also manages a used clothing drop-off and distribution center. The Used Clothing Distribution Center is located in the basement of the Church of St. Joseph and is coordinated and staffed by volunteers of St. Joe’s. St. Joe’s will accept donations of used clothing from community members, and the clothing will be made available, free of charge or donation, to needy individuals who are availing themselves of St. Joe’s Soup Kitchen service. The Used Clothing Distribution is open to the public at the same time as the weekly food service – Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Healthcare & Substance Abuse Assistance
St. Joe’s coordinates with Project Renewal (www.projectrenewal.org) to provide our guest with healthcare services. Project Renewal provides healthcare and substance abuse assistance to our guests. Also, local pharmacies, such as Duane Reade provide services such as flu shots. All services are free of charge and are provided in the Soup Kitchen’s offices or in Project Renewal’s CareVan parked nearby.