Your best chance to volunteer as an individual is to join our “SNL,” the Short Notice List. When we need help, we call people on the SNL until we get enough. All you need to do is say yes or no. Please fill out the volunteer form completely. (Link below.) We will contact you after we receive it.
Please click the orange form link below to sign up:


Most of our days at the Soup Kitchen are staffed by volunteers from organizations (churches, businesses or charitable groups) who volunteer on a monthly or semi-monthly basis. Many of these groups have been coming for years. They provide the food, cook and help clean up the kitchen. (This is why food is not a huge need for us.) Not all groups provide all the food; that varies from group to group.

We do have a few days without a scheduled group, and sometimes groups need more help. That is when we contact people on the SNL.

Please NOTE: Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, and volunteers ages 12-17 must have a signed liability release form before they begin work. Volunteers under the age of 18 are not allowed to operate equipment such as slicers, knives, etc. No exceptions–this is a state law.

Community Service Volunteers

You must speak with the Executive Director to arrange for Community Service. We do not take offenders with theft or violence issues. If you are under 21 and have been sentenced to do Community Service, do not have your parent contact us–do it yourself.

The Soup Kitchen, Inc.
Mission Statement

The mission of the Soup Kitchen is to provide a nutritious daily meal to the hungry of the area.  The Soup Kitchen also provides a safe and sheltered place for social gathering during the hours of its service.  Secondary to these two primary goals, the Soup Kitchen staff may help clients meet other needs by coordinating with other social agencies, as time and resources are available.

Our Wish List

     ITEMS we need:
Ground Coffee
Disposable plastic or latex kitchen gloves
Cleaning cloths — bar mops or microfiber cloths
#10 cans of green beans, corn, or baked beans

If you have food on hand, we can take it if it has not expired or been opened. Please don’t buy food for us. We can buy food cheaper than you can, and we will buy much larger cans. Why? We have to open 18 15-oz cans to serve 100 people, but only 4 if they are #10 cans. We are happy to take game meats, but they must be processed by a licensed processor.

  • We accept donations from 9 AM-1 PM. Call for other times.
  • Do not leave food outside our delivery door. Anything left outside must be discarded.
    Our delivery door is by the driveway off Oak Street. Click here to go to the map on our contact page.

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