Serving at the Soup Kitchen


The Ecumenical Soup Kitchen, a service of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches, serves breakfast and lunch Monday thru Friday, at Dubbs Memorial Community Center in Allentown.  The meal is prepared and served by a difference congregation, synagogue or mosque, to as many as 200 needy persons. 

The St. James team is responsible for this ministry on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  To volunteer with the St. James group, or for more information, please contact the church office. 


In 2013, the Soup Kitchen:

  • Served 37,746 meals (16,000 meal increase over 2004) with 1,905 meals served to children
  • Provided weekly health screenings and referral services

The Soup Kitchen:

  • Offers a warm atmosphere serving hot, nutritionally balanced meals to hungry men, women and children daily since 1982;
  • Provides the meal in a safe environment:
  • To the homeless;
  • To families with children, especially during the summer when they are not provided meals in school feeding programs;
  • To the elderly on fixed incomes;
  • To the working poor whose minimum wage and/or temporary employment does not adequately meet their needs.
  • Provides referrals services for housing, clothing, and general assistance;
  • Helps people regain their self-esteem by volunteering in a variety of ways in the operation of the soup kitchen;
  • Offers volunteers from churches, synagogues, mosques and community groups the opportunity to serve their neighbors in need; &
  • Gives community service workers a place to complete their service.

Soup Kitchen Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 8th and Walnut Streets, Allentown

Soup Kitchen Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.




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