Since 1982 – 40 Years Feeding Community
After watching two men searching for food in a restaurant dumpster, the late Murray Black and his wife Edna wondered how they could help the hungry. Their vision was the start of The Soup Kitchen. Since 1982, over 1,000,000 meals have filled hungry bellies. The Society is a registered non-profit, non-denominational charity. Located in the basement of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 740 View Street Victoria, it is open Monday to Friday – including all holidays.
No one in Victoria is hungry.
Over 80 Volunteers
32,000 Meals served annually
15,000 Volunteer hours
The Soup Kitchen feeds those in need. As an organization we have stayed true to our founders’ values and in our steadfast commitment to our diners.
The Soup Kitchen celebrates diversity and is committed to a culture of inclusiveness and respect. This extends to our diners, volunteers, business and community partners.
Our values guide how we act.
We demonstrate high Integrity.
The Soup Kitchen follows moral and ethical principles in all aspects of our operation. This includes decision making, interacting with our volunteers, and serving our diners. We are honest, trustworthy, respectful, responsible, and hardworking.
We serve nutritious food.
The food we serve our guests is nourishing and wholesome. We put an emphasize on protein, vegetables, and fruit – which provides our diners with healthy nutrition for the day.
We perform consistency.
The Soup Kitchen is open 5 days a week, including holidays, rain, snow, or shine. We continued our meal service during the pandemic, quickly adapting to ensure safe protocols.
We are a caring organization.
Our volunteers demonstrate great empathy and concern for our guests. We offer compassion, support, and resource knowledge to those we serve.
We have an inclusive culture.
The Soup Kitchen celebrates diversity and is committed to a culture of inclusiveness and respect. This extends to our guests, volunteers, business, and community partners.
How We Help
Current Meal Program
Open 8:00 am to 10:00 am, with soup-to-go meal service.
Each bag is packed with healthy protein-rich ingredients including hot soup (made fresh every morning), a meat and cheese filled sandwich, yogurt, and a hard-boiled egg. Two fruits, a sweet, bottled water, and hot tea or coffee completes each meal. For many, this will be their primary and only meal of the day.
How You Can Help
The Soup Kitchen is a remarkable place. Funded by community donations, it has remained true to its mission, feeding those in need. This service is only possible with the tireless support of our donors and generous Victoria businesses.
We rely on the support of over 100 dedicated individuals, drawn from across the community. Volunteers usually work one morning a week, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:30 am Monday to Friday, and perform a variety of tasks including picking up food donations, preparing vegetables for our soup, making soup or sandwiches, serving meals and washing dishes.
Don’t want to make a weekly commitment? Then join our spare teams, helping as your personal schedule permits.