Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen
OPEN TUESDAY & THURSDAY EVENINGS
We operate a Soup Kitchen in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, fifty-two weeks a year. A delicious, four course hot meal is prepared, in our kitchen, by our faithful volunteers. Each Food Preparer has the required Food Handler Certificate from the NYS Department of Health. Our kitchen also has the Suffolk County Department of Health Permit.
Our principle duties include:
1. Serving with grace and dignity and without question, our guests, each evening the soup kitchen operates
2. Obtaining canned goods and other pantry items from Long Island Cares, which is possible with a qualifying grant
3. Obtaining donated foods from the local Whole Foods store weekly
4. Purchasing meats and perishable vegetables from local grocery stores
5. Maintaining detailed accounting of the expenses with receipts for documentation when applying for grants
6. Applying for various grants to secure the operation of the Kitchen.
Some specific examples of things we have done:
1. Applied for and received an assist grant from Suffolk County for $4,500
2. Offered special dinners for the holidays in our festively decorated hall
3. Distributed coats, blankets and personal items to our homeless guests, which we received from the Evangelism & Mission Committee efforts and our generous volunteers
The Soup Kitchen in our church operates independently but in conjunction with other area soup kitchens to provide a hot meal every night of the week. Any and all guests are accepted who have the need to partake of a hot meal. We do not verify economic need. Most of our wonderful volunteers are non-members of our church. Our leaders are from the St. James UMC and serve as President and Vice-President of the Board of our Soup Kitchen. There are two groups of servers – a team for each of Tuesday and Thursday nights. We would be thrilled to have some of our church members join this hard-working group of volunteers.