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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

Students from Maloney High spent the day (Jan. 21, 2016) working at the Meriden Soup Kitchen

Live entertainment at the MSK on Dec. 23, 2015
Jonathan Chatfield (keyboard) and Brian Walsh (guitar and vocals)

On Nov. 20, 2015, numerous Meriden churches delivered a tremendous quantity of food to the Meriden Soup Kitchen. This was an outreach by the Meriden Clergy Association called Stone Soup Ministry. Each church selected one item from the “most needed foods” list published on the MSK website. Many hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food were delivered, thanks to the generosity of the parishioners of these churches. The Soup Kitchen is very grateful for these gifts which feed the hungry among Meriden citizens.
Donor churches included:

  • Baitul Aman Mosque (salt and pepper)

  • Connecticut Baptist Home (dishwasher detergent)

  • First Congregational Church (egg noodles and ziti)

  • Mt. Hebron Baptist Church (canned hams, corned beef hash)

  • New Gethsemane Deliverance Church and MidState Medical Center (condiments)

  • Parker Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church (canned goods)

  • St. Joseph Church and St. Mary Church (canned soups and broth)

  • Temple B’nai Abraham (sugar, coffee, canned goods)

  • Unitarian Universalist Church (spaghetti sauce)

Pastor Robyn Anderson-Turner
(AME Zion Church)

Replenishing food stocks at the
Meriden Soup Kitchen

Father Gerry Dziedzic and Deacon Donald Smith
St. Joseph and St. Mary Churches

Volunteer helping to unload donations from
Meriden Clergy Assoc. (Stone Soup outreach)


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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider


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