Soup Kitchen at St John's
St. John’s Soup Kitchen provides vital nutrition for people who are homeless, precariously housed, just passing through town, or part of the growing numbers of the working poor. Twice each week, the Midtown/Downtown community is invited to break bread at St. John’s and share from God’s bounty, where there is more than enough to go around. Rhodes College students, as ambassadors of the servant leadership model of their institution, prepare and serve food on Tuesday afternoons, while Saturday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 belong to St. John’s members, various Memphis-area churches, and community groups.
As a means of grace for our community, St. John’s Soup Kitchen food is served to whoever comes, without questions or prerequisites. For hundreds of guests each week, it’s the answer to a prayer for daily bread served in an environment where hospitality is the gospel and safety is the rule.
Groups have already been scheduled for cooking and serving the meals during each week of the year, but there are a number of ways you or your group can help us make our Saturday evening meal a warm, loving, and hospitable experience for St. John's soup kitchen guests. Please consider the opportunities below and contact Annie(ahunter [at] stjohnsmidtown [dot] org) for more information.
How You Can Help:
Fresh fruit as a take-away: There's never a soup kitchen meal that couldn't be enhanced by the offering of an apple, banana, or orange for guests to take with them as they depart. 125 pieces are recommended, and donors are welcome to either drop of their donation at 3:30 pm on a Saturday, or plan to hand them out as guests depart the soup kitchen.
Dessert: Who doesn't love cookies and brownies? Typical soup kitchen meals do not include dessert, but if you or your group wish to bake cookies, brownies, cupcakes or something else, it would be greatly appreciated by our guests. 125 pieces recommended.
Hygiene Packs: Your group can assemble hygiene packs to distribute to guests, or purchase pre-assembled hygiene bags for $1 each from St. John's to distribute.
Contribute Financially: Donate to our soup kitchen through our online giving page.
For more information, please contact Annie Hunter, Director of Communications & Volunteer Development at ahunter [at] stjohnsmidtown [dot] org.