FAQ’s

When are meals served?

Meals are served Monday through Saturday from 12.00 to 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.

Who can eat at the soup kitchen?

Anyone is welcome to join us for a meal at the Soup Kitchen free of charge.  We ask that those who can afford to leave a donation do so to support the ongoing initiative.

What kind of food is served?

The meals that are served are generally based on the specific donations that are received. In the summer and fall there is an abundance of fresh vegetables so guests will experience meals that have a wide variety of vegetables. In the winter, when fresh vegetables are more scarce, the menu will be altered to use less fresh and more canned and frozen vegetables. Fruit is also seasonal. At times, we are fortunate to have a side of beef or pork that is donated and we are able to vary the menu to include these wonderful gifts.  We are very fortunate to receive ongoing food donations from food related businesses who provide bread, eggs, milk, and produce. We work hard to ensure that the meals are healthy and nutritious.

Who prepares the food?

The meals are made from food bought with donated monies or food donated by the community and prepared by volunteers from the community.

Who organizes the soup kitchen?

Our Executive Director

For many years, Joyce Crittenden has been the Executive Director of the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen. You can sometimes find Joyce in her office at 2A Avenue (opposite El Dorado RV) but more often you will find her working with the volunteers who receive food brought in by our van or helping in the preparation of the noon meal. (Everyone is always welcome to enjoy the nutritious hot meal between noon and 1:00 PM.) Joyce oversees the pick-up of donated food, three part-time staff members and, along with Ellie Elliott, the Soup Kitchen treasurer, the preparation of pay cheques. Joyce meets with the Board the third Tuesday of each month and presents the Executive Director’s Report. In her Annual Report to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen Association for 2012 Joyce notes a little-known-fact that the Soup Kitchen had made 8,570 litres of soup for a supper meal for guests served by the Emergency Shelter Staff each evening.

Who supports the Soup Kitchen?

We have supporters from all segments of the community:

  • businesses
  • government agencies
  • community service agencies
  • media
  • individuals
  • churches

How do I donate to the Soup Kitchen?

An easy and effective way to donate/sponsor the Soup Kitchen is to click on the blue ‘Donate Now’ button that can be found on almost every page of this website. The funds will be collected by Canada Helps and will be sent to the Lethbridge Soup Kitchen. (A  fee of 3.9% will be deducted by CanadaHelps from your donation.)

Food and money donations can be dropped off at the Soup Kitchen.  Monetary donations can also be sent through the mail to:

The Lethbridge Soup Kitchen
802-2A Avenue
Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 0C9
Phone (403)320-8688
 
Note: a charitable donation receipt will be sent at your request.

How can I donate my time?

Volunteers duties can entail food handling, serving meals, clean-up and help with fundraisers.  The Soup Kitchen has volunteers from Churches throughout the city who prepare and serve food on a scheduled basis. To assist in the Soup Kitchen, volunteer times would be between 9:00 am to 1:30 pm from Monday to Saturday. Fundraiser assistance would require times specific to the event.

Should you wish to volunteer, please telephone Joyce Crittenden at (403)320-8688 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday after 9:30. Keep trying as the kitchen is a beehive of activity and there may not be anyone who is available to answer the phone.

Volunteers are the ‘heart’ of the Soup Kitchen.


Did You Know?

bubble1_highlightThe Lethbridge Soup Kitchen is an emergency service that provides a lunch meal 6 days out of the week and a hot dinner soup to the Lethbridge Shelter 365 days a year.

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