Our soup kitchen at 241 Arch Street in New Britain provides lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to anyone in need; and three meals per day, seven days per week, to shelter residents and former residents.
PATH staff reach out to chronically homeless people living in abandoned buildings, doorways, parks, makeshift tents, shacks or under bridges. Most have burned their bridges and are either underserved or without support.
Community Partners . . . . . .
Papa John's Pizza Being Neighborly
L to R: Papa John's Don Mitchell, Keila Lopez, and Friendship Center Kitchen Director Gerry Waldo
Store Manger Keila Lopez wanted to help her community and went to Papa John's Area Supervisor, Don Mitchell with an idea to provide pizza once a month to the Community Kitchen at the Friendship Service Center. "After all, we're neighbors", said Lopez. Mitchell was all for it and even came to help serve the first offering. Twenty boxes with 250 slices were served to over 125 customers that day for lunch.
Community partners play an important role by providing opportunities for program participants helping with non-budget items that make the Friendship Center experience feel more like home. Thank you Papa John's!
Papa John's in New Britain is located at 333 Arch Street, 860-223-7272.
FOODSHARE Walk Against Hunger
Walkers gather for a group photo before stepping off on the Walk
Sunday, May 3rd, was a spectacular Spring day, made lovelier by Friendship Service Center supporters who showed solidarity for their hungry neighbors by participating in FOODSHARE's 32nd Annual Walk Against Hunger. Walk team's comprised of over 100 walkers raised an amazing $24,075. Thank you all!
The good news is that agencies like the Friendship Center end hunger for people every day. Last year more than 95,000 meals were served in the Friendship Center's Community Kitchen. The money we raise every year for the benefit of the Friendship Center through the Walk Against Hunger makes that important work possible. Approximately 80% of what you and I raise will go directly to the Friendship Center, 5% will go to End Hunger Connecticut and 15% will support FOODSHARE, the food bank where we receive most of our food.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our teams, walkers and those who supported the individual walkers. Teams are listed below:
Alpha Delta Kappa - Alpha Chapter
Archangels, Friendship Service Center
Armenian Church Hye Angels
Farmington Bank Feast Makers
First Church of Christ, New Britain
Meriden Property Management
Mrs. Oretade's Second Grade Class
New Britain Lions Club
Okay Industries Hunger Stampers
South Church Heart of the City
St. James Heelers
West Hartford United Methodist Church
We are so grateful for the growing support of this project, and look forward to many more walks to come. The Walk is always the first Sunday in May, so mark your calendars for Sunday, May 1, 2016. We hope to see you there!