Anyone can come in for a meal in the Soup Kitchen. We do not ask people why they come – we provide a friendly welcome to all.
In the mornings we serve hot soup, toasted bread, fruit, tea, coffee and milo – a warm, filling meal to start the day.
Evening meals are anything you might eat at home. We regularly serve roast meat and vegetables, casseroles, pasta, pork, fish, curry and meatballs. For a sweet treat, we serve dessert three times a week.
Our kitchen is staffed by professional chefs and we are proud of the quality of the food produced. We are careful to provide nutritious as well as attractive meals. We’re conscious that many people are dependent on the Soup Kitchen for their most of their food and so ask Regional Public Health to assess our meals annually to ensure optimum nutrition is provided across all food groups.
Volunteers serve breakfast and the evening meal, and much of our food is donated by local businesses and community members.
If you’re coming to the Soup Kitchen for the first time, please feel free to have a chat with our staff at the door. The first time you dine with us, your meal is free – so it’s worth letting us know!
Soup Kitchen Guest FAQ
Who can come to the Soup Kitchen?
Anyone can come. We welcome all who’d like to come for a meal.
Do I need to pay?
Breakfast at the Soup Kitchen is free. Dinner costs $2 per person. If you are having trouble finding enough money to buy meals at the Soup Kitchen, please speak to one of our staff to discuss your options.
How many times can I come each week?
We’re open for breakfast and dinner Monday – Saturday. You can come as often or as infrequently as you like.
Can my whole family come?
Yes, we do welcome families at the Soup Kitchen. We suggest you come a little later in the evening, say 5.15pm, so that you will all be able to sit together at the same table.
Can I have seconds?
We do not serve seconds at the Soup Kitchen. It’s important to us to make sure that all people who come get an equitable amount of food.
Can I take food home?
We don’t offer food to take away. We invite you to sit down and enjoy your meal in the dining room. We also offer tea and coffee, as well as fresh bread and fruit during the meal service.
Do you have food parcels?
No, we don’t provide food parcels. If you do need a food parcel you can contact Downtown Community Ministry, the Salvation Army Hope Centre in Newtown, St Vincent De Paul, or the Wellington City Mission. Our staff can also help you get in touch with these organisations.
Where does the food come from?
We buy all the meat and dairy used in meals. Most of the other food comes from generous donations from businesses and people in our community.
What other services do you have?
We have a very good knowledge of services available in Wellington and can actively help you access them. We have a Clothing Room, where you can buy good second hand clothing for a small koha, and we can provide some items to help you set up a flat.