Helping to Feed The Hungry & Poor
Eva's Kitchen was founded in 1982 to help feed the hungry & the poor (see "Helping to Feed the Hungry. The History of Eva's Kitchen"). After our most recent expansion in 2011 to help feed the growing number of homeless and working poor, Eva’s soup kitchen now serves a hot lunch for up to 400 homeless and working poor 365 days a year. We help all who come. We turn no one away. In addition to these lunches we serve lunch to participants in our outpatient program each day and breakfast, lunch and dinner to all of those staying in our recovery and sheltering programs. This amounts to more than 1,200 meals/day.
We do not make our guests dining at Eva's Soup Kitchen stand in a "chow line." We seat them at tables and serve them with dignity and respect.
During the extreme cold of winter and the summer months of July and August, the number of homeless and working poor needing a meal increase and another partial seating is added. There are additional seatings to help feed the hungry on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Outside the dining hall is a large courtyard that is an area of social interaction. It is a safe and welcoming place closed off from the busy streets of Paterson. As relationships form, clients come to understand the many homeless, addiction treatment & health care resources available to them and may choose to take the next step - whether it is shelter, substance abuse treatment or free primary health care,
one of only a handful of free primary care clinics in the state of New Jersey.
Volunteers to help feed the hungry are an essential ingredient in the Soup Kitchen, and we welcome the participation of individuals as well as local businesses, religious, civic and educational groups.
You can help feed the hungry and the poor. Over 11.5% New Jersey residents don't have enough to eat. Eva's Soup Kitchen serves a hot, balanced, nutritious lunch to 350 - 400 people 365 days a year. No one is turned away in our soup kitchen program.