soup kitchen


Definition of soup kitchen 

: an establishment dispensing minimum dietary essentials (such as soup and bread) to the needy

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The empty bowls serve as a reminder of the need and hunger in the world, and proceeds usually go to local soup kitchens and/or food pantries. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Empty Bowls Serves Up Food, Community," 23 Apr. 2018 In 2017, the emergency food program provided about 12 percent of all meals distributed by soup kitchens and food pantries. New York Times, "New York’s Emergency Food Program Gets More Funding, but Will It Be Enough?," 8 July 2018 But for many of the more than 500 food pantries and soup kitchens that rely on the anti-hunger program, the money is a lifeline. New York Times, "New York’s Emergency Food Program Gets More Funding, but Will It Be Enough?," 8 July 2018 Human beings might find, say, volunteering at a local soup kitchen more satisfying emotionally. The Economist, "Can “effective altruism” maximise the bang for each charitable buck?," 2 June 2018 Gleaners has distribution centers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties and provides food to nearly 500 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit food banks hungry for donations as the economy booms," 3 July 2018 Though unemployment has shrunk from 15 percent to 3.5 percent, Shieve says, the Fourth Street area running east from downtown, with soup kitchens and homeless shelters, has a grimly gritty air. Harriot Manley,, "Burning Man comes and goes, but the experience is year-round in Reno," 28 June 2018 Another effort looking to solve local hunger, St. Francis Inn’s soup kitchen, has seen some drastic changes in its last 30 years. Aubrey Nagle,, "Philly fights summer hunger, school district plans massive cleanup | Morning Newsletter," 21 June 2018 The strip sits next to soup kitchen Bean's Cafe and Brother Francis Shelter, the emergency homeless shelter. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "A man says he spread chemicals in one of Anchorage’s gathering places for homeless people. Now police are investigating.," 9 June 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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: a place that gives food (such as soup and bread) to poor people

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