St. Francis Soup Kitchen - Home

St. Francis Soup Kitchen celebrates its anniversary on Independence Day. On July 4, 2019, it had provided nourishment in downtown Jacksonville for more than FORTY years. 

And this fall? We learn the Diocese of St. Augustine will be closing all operations at the Providence Center we call home. This news comes as a shock to our individual sponsors and volunteers. The poor, marginalized, addicted, and lonely who found refuge here will face a terrible vacuum.

OUR LAST MEAL AT THE DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE 
CENTER WILL BE SERVED ON DECEMBER 28, 2019.  

The Kitchen is all-volunteer, supported and operated. And this crowd of volunteers doesn't quit easily, (see Phase II). The physical location is the Providence Center at 134 E. Church Street in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. Our new mailing address is P. O. Box 351616, Jacksonville, FL 32235.

Every Saturday, the Kitchen's volunteers open the door to serve hundreds of our community's less fortunate, poor, and homeless. Many are alone, without the connections that would empower their lives. Many are hungry or have medical needs. Others have hopes of landing a job, providing for their families. 

In the words of Mother Teresa, missionary and saint, "Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty." These words have more meaning to us of late. 

Our goal is (has been) to show love and regard by extending a hand, a smile, a welcome. 






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