How It Started 40 Years Ago

The Soup Kitchen is a program of the 9-10 Club Serving Soup to the Hungry Society. The Society is a registered non-profit, non-denominational charity.

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. They discovered that Victoria had no organizations dedicated to feeding those in need. Murray and Edna felt that if only one meal a day was available, it should be a hearty soup.

Founders, Murray and Edna Black

Their vision was the start of The Soup Kitchen. Meal services started on Friday, November 12, 1982.  It is the oldest, completely volunteer-run food resource for the hungry in Victoria

Diners include seniors, low-income workers, people unhoused and anyone else living at risk in Victoria. Everyone is welcome!

More on the history of The Soup Kitchen…


The Soup Kitchen is a registered charitable organization in Canada (Charitable Registration Number 132001553 RR0001) and a registered society in British Columbia.

A volunteer Board of Directors, elected to a 2-year term, provides financial stewardship and sets governing policies.

2023-2024 Board of Directors

  • Gordon MacNeil, Chair
  • Teri Hustins, Past Chair
  • Simon Di Castri, Treasurer
  • Gerry Poulton, Secretary
  • Sheila Connelly, Operations Co-ordinator
  • Stefani Hartwig
  • Christine Stefanitsis
  • Julie Saurazas
  • Deborah Shera
  • Susan Nawrocki

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.

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