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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 36,677 meals during 2015.

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 as many as 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

Canned fruits from CT Baptist Home

Soups and broths from First Congregational Church

Pasta from New Gethsemane Deliverance Church
Stone Soup Collection

The Meriden Clergy Association
mounted its second annual Food Drive
to benefit the Meriden Soup Kitchen,
with items delivered on
Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, 2017.
Other participants included Temple B'Nai Abraham (soaps and detergents).

On Feb. 4, 2017, Meriden Kiwanis celebrated the final score of the 2017 Kiwanis Family Souper Bowl Food Drive! Between the Kiwanis Club of Meriden and its participating SLP Clubs -- John Barry K-Kids, Israel Putnam K-Kids, Lincoln Builders Club, Washington Builders Club, Wilcox Key Club and University of New Haven CKI Club -- a total of 2,590 food items and $420 in cash and gift cards was donated to the Meriden Soup Kitchen. Thanks to the generosity of all those who donated food and gave their time to make this event such a huge success! MSK President Tim Granucci noted, “We have never had a food drive like this!”

1223 lbs. of food in 163 large cans collected and delivered on Jan. 15, 2017 by
Rev. Clarence Hayes (First Congregational Church of Meriden)

Sizeable donation of non-perishable food and supplies to the MSK
from Meriden-based Infinex Financial Group - Nov. 17, 2016

Donation from Assurance Ministries (c/o First Congregational Church of Meriden)
Pastor Clarence Hayes - July 13, 2016

Thomas Hooker
5th Annual Food Drive

The Student Council of Thomas Hooker Elementary School completed a food drive to benefit the clients of the Meriden Soup Kitchen, and it was delivered on June 8, 2016 by Pete Stoker and Matt Dominello. This is the fifth year that Hooker has mounted a food drive which this year brought in a record 409 lbs., exceeding its goal of 400 lbs for 2016. Our thanks to the students, parents and staff of Thomas Hooker for this very successful drive.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider


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