The objective of the Soup Kitchen is to offer a light breakfast and a hot, nutritious lunch, six days a week, at no charge to its guests. Our Food Policy tries to assure that a hot breakfast is available several mornings a week, especially during the cold weather. At lunch, a variety of foods are offered so guests may make appropriate choices according to individual dietary and health needs. In addition to breakfast and lunch, bakery items and/or fresh produce are offered to guests to take home, when available.
The Emergency Food Pantry responds to requests for emergency groceries on a once per month, per family basis. The pantry is open two hours per day, five days per week. In order to receive food, guests must provide photo ID for anyone over 18 and a birth certificate for anyone under 18 in the household for whom they wish to shop. Clients will be asked to complete a short intake form.
In August of 1998, the Emergency Food Pantry changed to a Client Choice format. Each person utilizing the service can choose the foods they prefer from shelves which are organized according to the Federal Government's Food Pyramid. Since this format was introduced, we have seen a steady increase in the number of individuals and families using the Pantry.
Our Care and Advocacy program is multi-faceted, attempting to serve any realistic need that may arise within our community of Soup Kitchen guests. This program may include offering referrals to other agencies, assistance in filling out paperwork, providing a secure location for USPS mail delivery as well as other activities, which are as varied as the people we serve.
We are very pleased to offer additional nutritious food boxes to our guests aged 60 and over. With proof of income, address and identification, our Senior guests are eligible for a pre-packed box of canned vegetables, canned fruit, proteins, juice, cereal, pasta, beans, shelf stable milk, peanut butter, and rice. For eligible seniors, these boxes are in addition to the self selected food available in our pantry. Monthly income to be eligible for a family of one, is $1276.00; add $450.00 for each additional family member.