The Soup Kitchen at Saint Luke’s continues to be a vital ministry to many people throughout the city. Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 1 to 2 p.m. throughout the year, our theater space is transformed into a dining area where we serve a hot meal to 120 to 160 people each day.
The Soup Kitchen is subsidized largely by the United Way, which stipulates 15% of its funds be spent on fruits and vegetables. We also receive cash gifts and food items from our neighbors on Restaurant Row and the Times Square area. We recently received a special gift from the 46th Street Block Association.
City Harvest (an organization that redistributes leftover food from area restaurants) supplies most of our bread. A great deal of the success of our Soup Kitchen is due to the special offerings received directly from our church members, and through the congregational budget. The Soup Kitchen is staffed by volunteers from the congregation, area office workers seeking an alternative lunch break, and out-of-town mission and youth groups. Volunteers are always welcome.