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Soup Kitchen

The soup kitchen has been serving meals to the hungry in Santa Cruz for over 25 years.  Each day a hearty meal of soup, salad, bread, coffee and milk are served to over 180 people at noon.  There are an estimated 400 people who sleep outside in Santa Cruz and it’s difficult for one agency to handle all their needs.  The soup kitchen is one place where those in need will find a kind welcome, food and an opportunity to rest in safety. 

Who can eat?   All in need regardless of race, creed, color or sex. 

What’s on the menu?   A different kind of hot soup is featured each day of the week. Besides a large bowl of nutritious, hot soup--loaded with meat and fresh vegetables or with legumes and vegetables--there is a bowl of green salad with dressing, a serving of fresh fruit, bread & butter, and milk. When available, a slice of pizza or a cake, pie or ice cream dessert will be served, too.

Special Holidays. Four times per year, the dining hall is colorfully decorated for the season. At Thanksgiving, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, and Easter, multi-course traditional holiday feasts are prepared. These special meals serve more than 275 people and are always shared with staff and residents of Jesus Mary Joseph Home.

When are meals served?   A midday meal is served Monday thru Friday from 12:00 to 1:00.

What is served?   Each day a different soup is served in addition to the salad, fruit, bread and milk.   A wholesome variety of filling soup and homemade salad dressings help to create a complete meal. Desserts are also served when available.

What other services are available?

  • Hot showers are available 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Clothing Boutique, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Volunteers. At the soup kitchen, we aim to treat every guest with compassion, dignity, and respect. Volunteers quickly learn and are well aware that being homeless or on the streets is a serious challenge. When volunteering to serve the needy, smiles, calm voices, good manners, and kind words go a long way. Many volunteers have been with St Francis for several years, or in some cases, for decades. The St Francis mission would be impossible to carry out without these dedicated volunteers. A crew of 15 is needed at the soup kitchen for every meal.

Click here to see a typical day at the soup kitchen!

Soup kitchen telephone: 831-459-6712