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For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  Matthew 25:35

 
 
The Meriden Soup Kitchen, founded in 1983 in Meriden CT, feeds the hungry. A complete nutritious meal is served 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Monday-Friday throughout the year, In 1983, a total of 7,030 meals were served, increasing to 41,291 meals during 2013.

Seven teams of volunteers prepare and serve the meals which generally consist of hot soup, a hot entrée (usually with a vegetable and a carbohydrate), freshly made salad, bread and butter, hot and cold beverages, and a variety of desserts. Clients are able to take home a variety of wrapped bakery items supplied by area stores, along with fresh vegetables and fruits when available.

The number of meals served daily averages between 140-170, sometimes reaching 250. Anyone who enters the MSK is served a meal – sex, age, nationality or any other criteria are not factors. An accurate tabulation of meals served daily is maintained. During the weekend, meals are available from the nearby Salvation Army.

Location: First Baptist Church, 460 Broad St., Meriden, CT 06450
Mail address: Meriden Soup Kitchen, PO Box 2138, Meriden, CT 06450
Hours: Mon - Fri from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Who May Come: All are welcome
Cost: Free

Sat., Aug. 2, 2014 will be like Christmas for the Meriden Soup Kitchen, having received a major donation from the John G. Martin Foundation to update several necessary pieces of equipment, whose value and installation cost will total more than $18,000. The kitchen will be receiving a large restaurant-style refrigerator, steel shelving and a  sanitizing dishwasher.
    
The new steel shelving will be sturdier than the plastic shelves, and much easier to clean. The dishwasher will not only be able to accommodate the larger dishware, but is also environmentally friendly, capable of sanitizing the dishes using less than a gallon of hot water per load.

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Washington Middle School raised $2,603 for the Meriden Soup Kitchen during their annual Bread and Broth Community Dinner on April 2, 2014. WMS Parent Teacher Committee chairperson, Beverly Bryda and WMS art teacher, Gary O’Neil, organized the event. The PTC sold tickets and had a raffle to raise funds for the Meriden Soup Kitchen. In addition to the monetary contribution, the PTC donated several boxes of non-perishable food items to the MSK. Washington Middle School and the Meriden Soup Kitchen would like to thank the efforts of Bevery Bryda and the WMS PTC, Gary O’Neil, and all the Washington Middle School families that contributed and participated in this great event.

Postal Food Drive - May 10, 2014


The Student Council of Thomas Hooker Elementary School ran a food drive on April 25-26, 2014 to benefit the Meriden Soup Kitchen. A total of 268 lbs. of non-perishable food was collected and delivered the Soup Kitchen on May 7. Our thanks to all the students and their families who participated in this drive to feed the hungry in Meriden.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

 


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