You can get much more than soup!

You are welcome to our Meals/Soup Kitchen dining room on 617 Main Street, Middletown 363 days a year where you can enjoy three meals each day.

  • Breakfast: A Continental breakfast and coffee between 7:00 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: We serve a hot, nutritious meal between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: Sandwiches and snacks are available for pick up during lunch hours.
  • Sunday Breakfast: courtesy of area churches, 7-8:30 a.m. (Nov-April only.)
  • Sunday Dinner: Between 5:00-6:00 p.m., a meal is provided by local faith communities

Be one of 1,075 different people who visit our Soup Kitchen and enjoy 83,000 meals during the year prepared by our Chef/Meals Coordinator Jeremiah Ruffini (860-344-0097, Ext. 15). Three other part-time meals assistants are on hand throughout the week to provide efficient and friendly service.

Chef/Meals Coordinator Jeremiah Ruffini
Lydia Brewster, Assistant Director of Community Services

Lydia Brewster, Assistant Director of Community Services

Get Connected to Other Services

You will be welcomed by Lydia Brewster, Assistant Director of Community Services (860.344.0097 ext. 18 She can assist you by referring you to other social service programs in our mission or in the greater community.

Avoid lines or appointments at social services offices. You can meet with people to assist you right in the dining room every third Thursday of the month at 10:30

Minet Mitchell from Columbus House, one of our community partners is providing outreach services to our guests who use the Soup Kitchen, Amazing Grace Food Pantry and Warming Center. She is in the dining room during our peak hours, 7 to 1:30. You do not need an appointment to see her.


Have Fun, Make Friends

Draw with Soup Kitchen artist-in-residence, Abby Carter who spends Tuesday mornings in the dining room sketching and sharing art with guests. Tend to our Erin Street Community Garden plot that produces an array of herbs and vegetables for the Soup Kitchen. Share your words at Writer’s Block, a group that explores writing that meets on Thursday afternoons at 2:30. Come play at Night, the second Friday of each month between 7 and 9 PM.

Ping pong (beginners to expert), spades, chess, and checkers make for good entertainment and lots of competition. Sign up for flu shots, free eye exams and glasses, extensive health screening services, HIV and hepatitis C testing, veterans’ services and free dental clinics. Join L.E.A.D (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Development) a group of individuals who have experienced homelessness and participate in an advocacy group and speaker’s bureau. A subcommittee of Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, the group meets twice monthly on Friday afternoons. Be part of the Soup Kitchen Advisory Board. SKAB is made up of regular guests of the Soup Kitchen that provides guidance to staff on matters of Soup Kitchen policy.

Take A Glimpse Inside the Soup Kitchen:

Lydia Brewster’s Perspective

How You Can Help

There are many valuable ways you can volunteer at our Soup Kitchen. You can prepare food in the kitchen or serve our guests on the buffet-style line. Come in by yourself, for community service hours, with family members, your co-workers, or a church group. Please contact Lydia Brewster, 860-344-0097, x. 18 to volunteer.

If your church or organization would like to make a hot meal and bring it on a Sunday evening, please call Zully Torres, (860- 344-0097 x10) for details and to get on the our schedule. You can also confidently donate food right to our door covered by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act weekdays and Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. We also love your fresh produce from your gardens!