soup kitchen

noun

Definition of soup kitchen 

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

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At first, residents responded with generosity, establishing soup kitchens and organizing clothes drives. Ernesto LondoÑo, New York Times, "‘Their Country Is Being Invaded’: Exodus of Venezuelans Overwhelms Northern Brazil," 28 Apr. 2018 At the city's biggest soup kitchen, some parents have even tried to give their children away. Christine Armario, Fox News, "Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned," 13 July 2018 Seeking Summer Volunteers ENFIELD — Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen, 28 Prospect St., is in need of volunteers Monday through Friday. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 The soup kitchen also need volunteers for food pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018 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

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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soup kitchen

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English Language Learners Definition of soup kitchen

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

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