The 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 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. 
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?

  • Showers are available daily from   11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Clothing is distributed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Shirts, pants, socks, and outerwear are available to our guests.

Our guests. St. Francis Catholic Kitchen considers those who eat with us our guests.  Our volunteers quickly learn that being homeless or on the streets is a serious challenge.  We hope that, for at least part of the day, they can feel appreciated when they walk through the doors of the Kitchen.

Click here to see a typical day at the Kitchen!

St. Francis Catholic Kitchens is a tax-deductible 501(C) (3) non-profit.

Want to help? Call us at (831) 459-6712