Feeding young and old, homeless and working poor, our Community Kitchens fulfill the most basic needs of nourishment and fellowship for underserved New Yorkers. From a cozy Saturday breakfast in a rural area, to a massive lunch service in the heart of Manhattan, Community Kitchens play an important role in their communities. They are also an important access point for other services including housing assistance, health insurance enrollment and counseling referrals.
The 22 Community Kitchens awarded funding in the 2017 Basic Human Needs grant cycle include:
Angel Food East
St. John’s Church, Kingston
207 Albany Ave., Kingston, NY 12402
Director: Lisa Hantes
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Michelle Meech
Hours of Operation: Monday and Thursday, 7:30 am-1:00 pm.
Angel Food East provides fresh, nutritious, hot meals to sick and homebound individuals in Ulster County, and to their families and caregivers. Volunteers bring five hot meals weekly to more than 50 clients.
Brown Bag Program
Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, Manhattan
120 W. 69th St., New York, NY 10023
Director: Ms. Judith Phillips
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. L. Kathleen Liles
Hours of Operation: Weekdays, 9:30 am-10:30 am (including holidays)
Christ and St. Stephen’s Church provides nutritious brown bag meals for 90 hungry guests every weekday. Volunteers distribute warm clothing during the winter months.
Brown-Bag Lunch Program
Trinity/St. Paul’s Church, New Rochelle
311 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Director: Ms. Vivian Evans
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Robert E. Gahler
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A ministry of dedicated volunteers in New Rochelle, the Brown Bag Lunch Program serves hungry men and women a bag lunch every weekday, and offers a resting place in the parish hall. Books and clothes are also provided to guests.
Cathedral Community Cares
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025
Director: Lauren Phillips
Clergy in Charge: The Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski
Hours of Operation: Soup Kitchen – Sundays 9 am-3 pm. Clothing Closet – Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm. Food Stamp Certification and Recertification – By appointment (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Health Screenings and Services – Monthly, listed on website
Founded in the 1980s in response to increasing HIV/AIDS diagnoses and corresponding homelessness, Cathedral Community Cares serves as a soup kitchen, clothing closet, and food stamp certification and health education center for over 13,000 disadvantaged members of the Harlem/Morningside Heights community.
Christ Church of Ramapo Feeding Ministries
Christ Church of Ramapo, Suffern
65 Washington Ave., Suffern, NY 10901
Director: Jennifer Bancks
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dale Cranston
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 10:oo am – 1:00 pm
Christ Church of Ramapo feeds low income Rockland County residents every single day. In addition to their meal program, Christ Church also has a weekly food pantry, ESL classes, job training and extensive referrals for health, food and housing services.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Manhattan
230 East 60th St., New York, NY 10022
Director: Robin Rule
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Steven J. Yagerman
Hours of Operation: Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Founded more than a decade ago, All Saints’ Community Meal is one of the few volunteer-run sit-down weekend meal programs in Midtown Manhattan. In 2016, All Saints’ provided 4,200 guests with hot meals and fellowship.
Crossroads Community Services
St. Bartholomew’s Church, Manhattan
325 Park Avenue at 51st Street, New York, NY 10022
Director: The Rev. Edward Sunderland, LCSW
Clergy in Charge: The Right Rev. Dean Wolfe
Hours of Operation: Pantry – Thursday from 10am – 2pm. Women’s Shelter – 365 nights a year 7p to 6am. Soup Kitchen – Breakfast: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, 7:00-8:30am, Saturday 9:30-11:00am. Dinner: Every day from 5:30-6:30pm.
Crossroads Community Services provides food, shelter and support to help hungry and homeless New Yorkers break out of the cycle of poverty. Services include breakfast offered four times a week, a choice food pantry providing over 88,000 meals a year, a homeless shelter, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, counseling services and benefit eligibility services.
Friday Food Fest
Holyrood Church, Manhattan
715 West 179th St., New York, NY 10033
Director: Ms. Jacqueline Kellum-Foster
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Luis Barrios
Hours of Operation: Fridays, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Friday Food Fest provides a warm and caring atmosphere where homeless and needy men, women and children are fed a balanced, nutritious meal in the Washington Heights neighborhood. They serve 5,000 meals annually.
Grace Church, White Plains
33 Church Street, White Plains, NY 10603
Director: Deborah Williams
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Richard A. Kunz
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday. 10:30 am-noon (including holidays)
Grace’s Kitchen, formally the Grace Church Community Center Soup Kitchen, provides a hot midday meal every weekday. The program also provides informal counselling and referrals to other services (medical, mental health, substance abuse, documentation) as well as information about government benefits, housing programs and job opportunities.
Grace Church, Nyack
130 First Avenue Nyack NY 10960
Director: Kim Cross
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Owen Thompson
Hours of Operation: Thursdays, 7:00 am – 8:30 am
In 2016, after conversation with members of the Nyack Hunger Coalition, Grace Church started a Thursday morning breakfast program to serve the surrounding community. Teams of parishioner and community volunteers cook and serve a restaurant-style meal and provide referrals to local social service organizations.
Guild of St. Margaret Soup Kitchen
Grace Church, Middletown
12 Depot Street, Middletown, NY 10940
Director: Phyllis Guardino
Clergy in Charge: Warden Torry Guardino and Warden Claire Newquist
Hours of Operation: Breakfast – Monday-Friday 7 am-8:30 am. Midday Meal – Monday-Saturday: 11 am-noon. Sundays: 3 pm-4pm
The Guild of St. Margaret serves the hungry in Middletown 365 days a year, amounting to over 50,000 breakfasts and lunches annually. Now in its thirty-third year of operation, the Soup Kitchen is an anchor in its rural area, serving as an access point for benefits and other essential services.
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
Church of the Holy Apostles, Manhattan
296 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Director: The Rev. Glenn B. Chalmers
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Glenn B. Chalmers
Hours of Operation: Weekdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Counseling Services 10:30 am – 4pm
As the largest soup kitchen in New York City, Holy Apostles serves a hot, nutritious lunch every weekday to over 1,000 people in the sanctuary of the church. In addition, Holy Apostles offers counseling and referral services every weekday and holds several unique support groups and health and wellness classes for those in need.
Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center: Senior Lunch and Neighborhood Supper
Church of the Holy Trinity, Manhattan
316 East 88th St., New York, NY 10128
Phone: 212-289-4100, ext. 204
Director: The Rev. John Beddingfield
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. John Beddingfield
Hours of Operation: Senior Luncheon – Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1.30-pm. Saturday Neighborhood Supper – 3-6pm.
The Holy Trinity Neighborhood Center hosts a weekly senior lunch, a weekly neighborhood supper, and a nightly homeless shelter for up to 15 men, and delivers Thanksgiving dinner to the homebound. This year, the center will serve over 5,500 guests.
St. Peter’s Church, Port Chester
19 Smith Street, Port Chester, NY 10573
Director: The Rev. Hilario Albert
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Hilario Albert
Hours of Operation: Neighborhood Dinner, Sundays 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 2nd Mondays 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
The Neighborhood Dinner program provides hot meals on Sunday and every second Monday. St. Peter’s also runs a “Food Pantry Mobile” distributing food to families in need.
Our Lord’s Soup Kitchen
Grace Church, West Farms, Bronx
1909 Vyse Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460
Director: Daisy Clemeston
Clergy in Charge: Wardens Daisy Clemetson and Manelva Wallace
Hours of Operation: Hot meals – Tuesdays and Saturdays, 12-2pm. Food bags – Thursdays, 9-12pm
Our Lord’s Soup Kitchen serves hot meals twice a week and a weekly pantry. They also provide their guests with clothing, counseling, and referrals to other community organizations.
St. Ignatius of Antioch Soup Kitchen
St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, Manhattan
552 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10024
Director: Holly Hughes
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dr. Andrew C. Blume
Hours of Operation: Saturdays 1:00 pm -4.15 pm & Mondays 6:oo pm – 7:15 pm
St. Ignatius’ Soup Kitchen provides two nourishing meals a week and offers brown bag lunches for people on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They serve almost 4,500 meals every year.
St. Margaret’s Feeding Ministry
St. Margaret’s Church, Longwood, Bronx
940 E. 156th St., Bronx, NY 10455
Director: Patricia L. Bryant
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Theodora Brooks
Hours of Operation: Saturdays, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Serving the poorest congressional district in the nation, St. Margaret’s in the South Bronx provides two meals every week for the community along with health and wellness classes and social service referrals.
St. Michael’s Church Outreach
St. Michael’s Church, Manhattan
225 West 99th St., New York, NY 10025
Directors: Marilyn Thompson and Ginger Lief
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Katherine Flexer
Hours of Operation: Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
St. Michael’s serves a meal every Saturday morning and connects guests with a network of Upper West Side social services through their “Pilgrim Resource Center.” A health van also offers medical services to the community during the Saturday meal.
St. Simon Cares
St. Simon the Cyrenian, New Rochelle
135 Remington Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Directors: Merlene Skeele
Clergy in Charge: Warden Lorna Lewis
Hours of Operation: Saturdays and Sundays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
St. Simon’s parishioners currently assist members of Trinity-St. Paul’s with their weekday Brown Bag Lunch program. St. Simon’s is planning to extend services to reach more people who live on the streets with a mobile weekend distribution of bagged meals and toiletries.
Hudson Valley Deanery
271 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550
Coordinators: The Rev. Deacon Mavourneen Hubbard
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Deacon Mavourneen Hubbard
Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Shepherd’s Kitchen provides a hot meal, clothing and a safe place to rest every Saturday and Sunday for anyone in need. They serve 11,000 guests every year.
26 W. 84th St., New York, NY 10024
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Carla E. Roland
Hours of Operation: Sundays at 2:oo pm – 3:00 pm, October – June
The Sunday meals program serves hot meals 39 Sundays out of the year for hungry people on the Upper West Side, and provides referrals to further services as well as monthly educational classes.
Wednesday Night Homeless Feeding Program
Church of the Epiphany, Manhattan
1393 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Director: Janette Gautier
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Jennifer Reddall
Hours of Operation: Wednesdays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Wednesday Night Homeless Feeding Program provides a healthy, hot meal every week. The meal is accompanied by an on-site social worker who assists guests by providing referrals to social services as needed.