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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 38,091 meals during 2014.

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


The Student Council of Thomas Hooker Elementary School ran a food drive on April 15-17, 2015 to benefit the Meriden Soup Kitchen. A total of 335 lbs. of non-perishable food was collected (exceeding the 268 lbs. collected in 2014) and delivered the Soup Kitchen on May 6. Our thanks to all the students and their families who participated in this drive to feed the hungry in Meriden.

Postal Food Drive - May 9, 2015

Liberty Bank Youth in Action Award
Sanford "Ivan" Bruce, Liberty Bank Youth in Action Award Recipient - April 20, 2015
6th grader at Edison Middle School awarded $1000, then donates half to YMCA and half to MSK
[posing with (l to r) Tim Granucci (MSK President),
John Benigni (CEO, Meriden YMCA)
and Chandler J. Howard (Liberty Bank President and CEO)]

Representatives from the
John G. Martin Foundation with MSK Chairman Tim Granucci
visit the MSK on Oct. 22, 2014

New Shelving for the MSK

On Sat., Aug. 2, 2014, about 25 volunteers from the Meriden Soup Kitchen turned out to remove old shelving from two pantry rooms, clean the floors, and assemble and restock new metal shelving. The process took about six hours to complete, after careful pre-planning by MSK President Tim Granucci. In addition, the MSK has received and installed a new large commercial refrigerator, a new freezer, and a new high-speed environment-friendly dishwasher. The funding for these upgrades was provided by the John G. Martin Foundation to whom we are most grateful. These upgrades allow the MSK to continue to provide daily meals for our large number of needy, hungry Meriden residents.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider


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