This winter I chose to volunteer at a soup kitchen, specifically the St. Xavier soup kitchen. The St. Francis Xavier soup kitchen is part of a larger organization called the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters which was established to alleviate the physical and emotional hunger of the poor and needy in a dignified and supportive manner (as sid from their mission statement). There are 22 non-profit Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, Safe Havens, Drop In Centers and Shelters supported by St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. The St. Xavier soup kitchen is a fairly basic one, every Sunday the soup kitchen is open and feeds any homeless people who happen to come. They serve over 1,000 hot meals from the St. Francis Food Pantries. The kitchen crew start cooking the meals early in the morning and the guests start coming at around noon. More information about the soup kitchens can be found by e-mailing Joseph Sano the Managing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to http://stfrancispantries.org/community-programs/sunday-meals-at-st-francis-xavier-soup-kitchen.html.
My father and I came to the soup kitchen at around 11:00. We were swiftly registered and sorted into different groups. I worked with two other people at the bread station and handed out loaves of bread to any of the guests who asked, and my dad delivered trays to the guests. When guests were done with their hot meals they would come to us and we would give them whatever kind of bread they wanted. At the very least we would do our best to find the kind of bread that they wanted, things like the raisin bread were very popular and towards the end it became harder to find more. Overall the guests were very nice and seemed to be very grateful for the work that the soup kitchen was doing. In the end it was quite satisfying to help those who are less fortunate than I am.
Photos from http://stfrancispantries.org/community-programs/sunday-meals-at-st-francis-xavier-soup-kitchen.html