Since 1982 – Over 40 Years Feeding Community

On Friday November 12, 1982. founders Murray and Edna Black opened The Soup Kitchen in the basement of St. Andrew’s Cathedral to welcome hungry local residents in need of a safe haven, to be nourished without judgement, Today, 40 years later, their fierce dedication to making a difference in the lives of those in need continues as a comfort, and in some instances a lifeline, for the downtown community.

The Society is a registered non-profit, non-denominational charity. Located at 740 View Street Victoria, it is open Monday to Friday – including all holidays.


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. 


The volunteers at The Soup Kitchen sure have been busy!

As an essential food resource for downtown Victoria, we are serving 12% more meals this year in comparison to 2023. The increase is not a surprise, considering the use of food banks and soup kitchens have risen to their highest levels in Canadian history.


Our Mission

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. 


Territorial Acknowledgement

The Soup Kitchen acknowledges and respects the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory we serve on, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.