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Soup Kitchens, Hot Meal Sites, and Food Pantries, Oh My! – February 24, 2017

I confess the term soup kitchen makes us cringe and we will politely say, “We are a hot meal site.”

Montreal Soup Kitchen 1931

Soup kitchens became prominent in the 20th century during the Great Depression. Historically, they served only soup with perhaps some bread. The term “soup kitchen” is often loosely used and discussed together with hunger relief agencies that provide hot meals. Today, there are modern soup kitchens which serve only soup, but with improved economic conditions and methods of sharing food with the hungry, Refuge of Hope is a hot meal site and able to provide a variety of delicious and nutritious hot meals.

We serve the public seven (7) hot meals, six (6) days a week.

Dinner is served Monday through Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Lunch is served Friday and Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

Hot meals are FREE and everyone is welcome!

A food pantry provides three to five-day food packages that are designed to provide nutritionally balanced meals free to the needy and low income in our community. Some programs provide other forms of emergency assistance and offer more ongoing help. We refer anyone needing these services.

Come to Refuge of Hope if you are hungry and in need of a hot meal. We are happy to provide lists of other hot meal sites as well as food pantries here in Stark County. Seldom do we serve soup.