The Soup Kitchen, Inc. (the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen) began operations on March 8, 1980 serving three meals a week. The Soup Kitchen, an independent non-profit corporation, now serves a large, healthy noon-time meal every day of the year. 54,473 meals were served last year. Doors open at 11:00 AM. Lunch service starts at 11:30 and ends at 12:50 PM daily.

The Soup Kitchen is staffed by volunteers from churches, clubs, businesses and schools who prepare and serve the meals. Most groups also purchase the food for their serving day. The Soup Kitchen has strong support from thousands of generous individuals, churches, organizations, and companies who are committed to taking care of those in need in our community. Our database of volunteers and donors has now topped 10,000 entries.

Your support is vital to the Soup Kitchen. Less than 2% of our funding comes from grants…98% comes from individuals and businesses in our communities.
We need YOUR help: No Soup Kitchen patron pays anything for food or services.

One of every six people in the USA have some level of food insufficiency. Sadly, one in five children in the United States suffers from food insufficiency.

Our Wish List

  • In general, we prefer that you not buy food for us–it is much better for us if you donate the money rather than purchasing food.
  • Why? We can buy food cheaper than  you can, and donated food must be sorted, organized, cleaned, and inventoried.
  • It is far better for us if you save the shopping and delivery time and just donate that money.  Just click on the orange donate button above.
  • If you still wish to donate items, these are things we need for every lunch sack:
  • piece of fruit
  • small bag of chips or pretzels
  • BIGGEST NEED: bottles of water
    As of August, we are using about 140 bottles of water per day
  • Thanks to all you farmers, amateurs and professionals, for all the lovely produce. We are handing out fresh produce to the guests almost every day now!

233 Michigan Street

Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (We are at the back (east end) of the Salvation Army building.)

Mail: PO Box 8210 Benton Harbor, MI 49023