Haley House Soup Kitchen
Made-from-scratch breakfast for men of all ages (homeless or food insecure)
23 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116
Monday – Friday: 5:30 – 9:00 am
(volunteer shift lasts until 10 am, includes clean up)
Sunday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
(volunteer shift lasts until 1 pm, includes clean up)
For information about our afternoon Elder Meals on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, please click here.
Feeding the body and mind
In our kitchen, home-cooked meals bring strangers together and foster friendship and meaningful community.
Our meals are creatively composed of food donated by local organizations. Members of the Live-In Community coordinate daily menus with the help of volunteers from local colleges, neighbors, and Soup Kitchen guests. Since 1966, over 2 million meals have been served in our bustling kitchen, entirely through the generosity of volunteers.
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
– Albert Schweitzer
Beyond providing a hearty, nourishing start to the day, our morning breakfast offers an alternative to the anonymity of the streets. Folks are greeted by name, and banter is lively. The open layout of our kitchen and dining area blurs distinctions between volunteers and guests. Our serving counter is on wheels, a simple reminder of the malleable boundaries between those serving and those being served.
“Food for the body is not enough, there must be food for the soul.”
- Dorothy Day
At the end of each shift, volunteers are invited to take part in a short reflection, encouraging personal contemplation and dialogue about systems that breed division, inequality, hunger and poverty and creative alternatives to these systems.