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 learned the Diocese of St. Augustine would be closing all operations at the Providence Center we call home. This news came as a shock to our individual sponsors and volunteers, many of whom wish to continue in another setting as St. Francis Soup Kitchen at New Life Inn. The poor, marginalized, addicted, and lonely who found refuge here face a terrible vacuum.

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

The Kitchen was all-volunteer, supported, and operated since its inception. The physical location has been the Providence Center at 134 E. Church Street in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. Temporarily, our new mailing address is P.O. Box 351616, Jacksonville, FL 32235.

Every Saturday, the Kitchen's volunteers opened 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 has been to show love and regard by extending a hand, a smile, a welcome. Please pray for our customers and volunteers. 






NOTICE: IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THIS INSTITUTION IS PROHIBITED FROM DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE OR DISABILITY. TO FILE A COMPLAINT OF DISCRIMINATION, WRITE USDA DIRECTOR OF CIVIL RIGHTS, ROOM 376-W WHITTEN BUILDING, 1400 INDEPENDENCE AVE., WASHINGTON,D.C., 202250-9410 OR CALL 202-720-5964. USDA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER AND EMPLOYER.