Your best chance to volunteer as an individual is to ask to be added to our “SNL,” the Short Notice List. When we need help, we call through the SNL until we get enough people. All you need to do is say yes or no.

Most of our days at the Soup Kitchen are steadily 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 regularly for years. They provide the food, cook and help clean up the kitchen. Not all groups provide all the food; that varies from group to group.

Aside from those “steady” days with set groups, we have only a few days without a scheduled group. That can change, so please call to find out about current openings.

Please NOTE: Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, and volunteers ages 12-17 must have a parent sign a release form before they begin work. Volunteers under the age of 18 are not allowed to operate equipment such as the slicers, knives, etc. These requirements are state law, so there are no exceptions.

Community Service Volunteers

We welcome community service volunteers at the Soup Kitchen. You must speak with the Executive Director to arrange for Community Service. We do not take any offenders with theft or violence issues.

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

  • Powdered Coffee Creamer
  • Dry Milk (mostly used to add to dry creamer)
  • A $20 donation furnishes about six days of coffee.
  • Bar towels
  • Sporks
  • 6-oz Styrofoam Cups
  • Best Donation of all — Money. It is easy to store, and we can buy more food per dollar than you can.

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