Soup Kitchen

“Give them Something To Eat !”        -Mark 6:37

The Saint Joseph Soup Kitchen, also known as “Manna For Hammond”, is housed in the basement hall of Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church.  We are located in the midst of downtown Hammond, Indiana:  The Soup Kitchen was established in October 1985, when the Pastor of Saint Joseph’s and a group of concerned volunteers came together,  in an effort to meet the growing and continuing needs in Hammond and the surrounding communities, to feed the hungry.

Many changes have occurred in our communities since 1985. Social and economic climates have risen and fallen over the 28 year history of the kitchen.  But the need for help to the less blessed of our area has continued.  Our dedicated and faithful volunteers have answered the call to serve; many of them being with us for the entire 28 years.  And many others have continued to support these efforts monetarily year and year. 

On October 3rd 1985 the kitchen began serving three days a week until January of 1986. In those first few weeks the number of people being served equaled the number of volunteers doing the serving.  This did not last long.  By February first of 1986 lunch was being served 5 days a week to approximately 100 people each day.

We have served approximately 200 meals each day, Monday through Friday, (that’s 1000 meals each week) year round since 1991.  The faces of  the people and families who eat at the kitchen have changed over the years, the fact there is much need in our area has not.
Our volunteers come to us as individuals, and as groups from church congregations, civic clubs, organizations, schools, and from businesses in the area.  They come from all walks of life and at all ages. We are homemakers, business owners, bankers, educators, doctors,  attorneys, students, clergy, beauticians, nurses, steelworkers, and retirees all working together.

  Although the Soup Kitchen originated as a Parish Ministry, operated by only members of St. Joseph Church, we have been blessed over the years with the addition of many members of other faith communities from parishes in our Diocese as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ who are members of many other denominations and civic groups.  The success of the kitchen is due to the joint efforts of All our wonderful volunteers.  We are thankful to have each and everyone of them and for their deep concern for their fellow human beings in need.

      Lunch is served from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m.  We serve Monday through Friday year-round. Our good friends and neighbors, the Members of First Presbyterian Church, located at 6021 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, fill in for us as host between Christmas Eve and New Year Day, on the major National holiday, and the first full week in July when we close to do our repair projects and deep clean. We have an open door policy with no questions asked of anyone entering to have a healthy meal served with a smile.  We invite you to join us, as a volunteer, or as a client, or just to stop by and visit.  The camaraderie is contagious and our blessings are plentiful.

    The work of the soup kitchen is funded by many, many individuals, organizations and businesses of Northwest Indiana and beyond.  School groups, scouts, and social clubs have been actively involved in collecting monetary donations and food donations.  We receive no public money of any kind, this includes local, county, state and federal levels.  All our funding is provided by people just like you who want to help in some way.  We truly are people helping people.  

TYPICAL SOUP KITCHEN MEAL NEEDS
50 to 60 POUNDS OF MEAT
40 POUNDS OF POTATOES
6 to 8 #10 CANS OF VEGETABLES
6 to 8 #10 CANS OF FRUIT
 4 to 5 GALLONS OF MILK
4 to 6 GALLONS OF COFFEE
6 GALLONS FRUIT JUICE DRINK


If we had to purchase everything we use:
MEAT     $1,550.00
VEGETABLES    $   435.00
FRUIT     $   443.00
COFFEE    $   275.00
STYROFOAM/PAPER SUPPLIES $   460.00

      

  Weekly Expenses             $3,231.00      ( Approximately 1000 meals per week)

Other expenses are: utilities, the running and maintenance cost of the Soup Kitchen van, (which is used to pick up donations and supplies being used in our feeding program), cleaning supplies and refuse materials.  We have a part-time janitor, one part-time driver and one full-time Director/Coordinator.

We extend our thanks to everyone who contributes and donates toward this work.  Please pass this information on to anyone you think would be interested in hearing about and sharing in our work.

To Volunteer please call Gloria DeJesus at 219-931-7682

To donate to the Soup Kitchen please make check payable to: Saint Joseph Soup Kitchen and send to Saint Joseph Church, 5304 Hohman Avenue, Hammond, IN  46320, use the On-Line Giving on this Website, or contact Susan Hermann at the Parish Office at 219-932-0702.

 

     

 


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