The Urban Ministry Soup Kitchen:
The third Saturday morning of every month volunteers make a fresh batch of soup (from scratch) in a 35 gallon stainless steel cooker. Volunteers help by carving the protein that will go in the soup, chop vegetables, make a fresh salad and prepare the trays. Sandwiches are provided through the generosity of various community groups across Mecklenburg County through the Urban Ministry’s “Operation Sandwich” program.
Perhaps the most important service is providing a warm welcome and some conversation with our neighbors when they arrive for lunch. Our volunteer commitment begins around 9:30 and we’re typically through by 12:15. Lunch is served from 11:15 – 12:15 and we serve roughly 150 – 175 neighbors on a Saturday.
Location: 945 N. College Street, Charlotte 28206
Click HERE for a MAP to the Urban Ministry Center.
For more information, please contact: Moe Cieri
The Soup Kitchen first opened in 1979 and moved permanently in 1994 to the Urban Ministry Center, where it has been in continuous operation ever since. St. Peter Catholic Church is one of those founding partners. The Center welcomes anyone who is in need of a meal, regardless of the person’s circumstance. The Soup Kitchen operates with a different volunteer crew each day (300 volunteers each month). In 2018 they served over 110,000 lunches and around two million since the center’s inception.
The kitchen serves as the entry point to the continuum of services available through the Urban Ministry Center and the Homeless Services Network. The Urban Ministry is the first place homeless neighbors may turn to for food and basic services, which in turn creates the opportunity for helping address the core issues that impact their lives.
Note: St Peter also serves Urban Ministry Center by providing males guests with a warm meal and overnight accommodation each Tuesday night from December through March with our Room in the Inn ministry. See the Room in the Inn page for volunteer details