The Meriden Soup Kitchen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1983 in Meriden, CT. The MSK is volunteer driven, using no paid staff.


Mission Statement: The mission of the Meriden Soup Kitchen is to feed the hungry of the greater Meriden area without regard to any form of discrimination, serving its clients with dignity and respect.


Services at the Meriden Soup Kitchen are provided by seven groups of volunteers from different organizations:

Monday St. Rose of Lima Church
Tuesday St. Joseph Church
Wednesday Bonnie’s Angels
Thursday Ecumenical Group alternates with St. Andrews Church
Friday First United Methodist Church alternates with Holy Angels Church

MSK is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors. Current officers include:

President: MJ (MaryJean) Higgins

First Vice President: Joyce Dinakar
Secretary: Nancy Kraft

Treasurer: David Parmalee


The major portion of the MSK expense is food – quality meat, produce and canned goods are purchased on a regular basis. Sources include the Connecticut Foodshare, donations from area stores, and donations from individuals and organizations (both monetary and in-kind). 


Other expenses include paper goods, cleaning products, trash collection, insurance, various required fees, and janitorial services.. Anticipated increases in the cost of goods and an increase in the number of meals to be served will require increased funding.


Snow Closure Policy

If Meriden schools are closed due to weather, the MSK will be closed that day.

If Meriden schools have a delayed opening, the the MSK will be open.
(policy adopted 1/18/18)


We are so grateful for the assistance given to the MSK by numerous organizations and individuals:

  • The First Baptist Church of Meriden, which generously provides storage space, cooking facilities, serving space, and utilities at no charge to the MSK

  • The foundations, places of worship, businesses, civic organizations, schools, the annual Post Office drive. and individual donors, without whose sustenance, both monetary and in-kind, the MSK could not exist

  • The volunteers, Board members and officers of the MSK who are the lifeblood of the mission

  • The Meriden Police Department which provides assistance. both routinely and for any emergencies

  • The Connecticut Foodshare which provides large quantities of quality food products at reduced cost