St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen in Rochester, New York
St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen has served the West Side Community of the City of Rochester, NY for over 32 years. Father Richard Czierwin, SS.CC, a member of The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, started the program in 1982.
We started out as a once a week, Saturday Soup and Sandwich Program and has evolved to what it is today. Since many of our guests are immune challenged, our lunch program Monday – Friday is well balanced and nutritional, including all the recommended food groups. Our meals most often include:
- Pasta, potato or rice
- Fresh tossed salad
- Fruit cup or whole piece of fruit
- Dessert and beverage
On average we serve over 160 people a day. They come from all walks of life. Many have troubles with addiction, mental illness, physical illness, lost homes and low wage earnings. We are a non-referral agency… anyone who walks through our doors is welcome to share in a meal.
Most Food Pantries in our area require documentation in order to procure food. We feel there should be a few ministries throughout the city that are open to all. Both types of ministries are needed to keep us conscious of those who might abuse the generosity of others.
Over the past 32 years, thousands of wonderful volunteers have made our service available to the needy. Today, there are 150 volunteers working together who donate their time and talent to “feed the hungry”, enabling us to average over 35,000 meals a year. If interested in volunteering please contact us.