The Guild of St. Margaret Soup Kitchen provides a hot, nutritious, well-balanced meal 7 days a week, including holidays. Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:00am – 12:00pm and Sunday from 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Soup kitchen guests come from all over Middletown, NY and surrounding areas, and for many of them, this is the only meal they will eat that day. We have always had an open-door policy—everyone is welcome, without question or qualification.
We serve for 2 1/2 hours (breakfast and lunch), however, the day at the soup kitchen is much longer than that. It starts bright and early at 5 a.m. when our cooks arrive to begin to prepare the meal for breakfast. Once breakfast is over it’s time to prepare and cook again for lunch. This is done every day to feed an average of 160 guests.
What’s most important at the Soup Kitchen is providing nutritious food that will sustain and nourish our guests. Each meal is designed with health in mind and is made up of the recommended balance of fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.
Serving begins promptly at 7:00am for breakfast and 11:00am for lunch, when the doors open and the first of the guests begin to stream in. Each guest signs in, picks up their wrapped utensils, and is handed a “eat well plate” consisting of their meal and then stops at the beverage station for a drink and fruit. They then take a seat at one of the large tables set up in the beautiful dining hall. Coffee and/or Tea is provided as well.
By 12:00 p.m. the last of the guests have received their final meals for the day. By 12:15 the volunteers and staff begin the cleaning process in the dining hall and kitchen. By 12:30 the last of the mops and brooms disappear into the closet, the machines are shut down and all is quiet until 5 a.m. the next day, when it starts all over again…
Oh.. and did we mention how we absolutely LOVE our volunteers!!