"Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words." 
-St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis Soup Kitchen- About

Our Kitchen started serving the downtown Jacksonville community on July 4, 1979.

Mrs. Mary Korson started the ministry. It was originally called St. Anthony's Bread for the Poor. She and a few volunteers handed out sandwiches and water to people who came to the door.

The small group would gather on Fridays, make a few loaves of sandwiches, and bag them for the following day's visitors.

As time went on, more folks knocked, and more friends offered to help.

Eventually, volunteers added soup and a second-hand clothes closet. If someone wanted to help and wasn't sure just how, we quoted Mrs. Korson's advice from St. Francis, "Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words."

In response to volunteers from a Franciscan lay ministry, the name was changed to St. Francis Soup Kitchen. Each week volunteers gathered to prepare, pray, then distribute food and drink.

The present St. Francis Soup Kitchen was formerly the school cafeteria of the Immaculate Conception School.  After leading a volunteer corps for twenty years, Mrs. Korson retired and Jim and Diane McVety assumed the leadership as co-directors.

We are still a completely volunteer mission, blessed to have so many who give of their time, talent, and treasure.

Since we will be closing down our operations, volunteers are no longer needed for the Soup Kitchen.  A group of volunteers have plans to open operations at a new location. See Newsletters here for more information on how to get involved.