Giving Strength to the Hanford Community by Caring for Others
The +ECoS Soup Kitchen serves lunch Mon - Sat, 11:30am - 12:30pm and Sunday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Who We Are
Here, in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, in the midst of America's most productive agricultural region, many people are hungry. The need varies throughout the year, but for a significant portion of our population, hunger is a daily reality. For over 30 years, through the work of the Episcopal Church of the Saviour Soup Kitchen, many of Hanford's needier residents have found a safe, climate controlled place to enjoy a nourishing meal. Meals are served Monday through Saturday and include soup, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage and a sack lunch on Sundays.. The Ministry was started in 1986 by the Episcopal Church of the Saviour as a way of expanding its service to the local community. At that time there were no other services to provide food for the hungry of this community, so the parish decided that the soup kitchen would be a wonderful ministry opportunity.
Where We Came From
The first meal was served in September of 1986. A non-denominational, collaborative effort, it proved the old adage that "many hands make light work". Volunteers from Hanford, Lemoore, Naval Air Station Lemoore and other neighboring communities came together to help provide and prepare meals and serve food. Generous donations from local farmers and supermarkets allowed the kitchen to serve more residents than the founders ever dreamed possible. The daily food service program has continued to grow and is now serving an average of 175 meals per day. This is only possible through the efforts of many volunteers and generous donations of time, food and financial support. The Church of the Saviour provides the hall, kitchen and administrative demands of the kitchen operation, but many other churches and organizations in the Hanford/Lemoore area actively contribute their support. In April of 2017, we began serving sack lunches on Sundays from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, expanding our food service from six to seven days a week.
Where Are We Going?
Currently, the soup kitchen enjoys and depends on community wide support. A portion of our funding comes from the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), administered by Kings County United Way. Contributions from businesses, individuals, churches and other organizations provide additional support. Generous in-kind donations from local businesses and farms enable us to keep costs low and maximize our funds. The cost of operation, equipment and utilities needed to continue to operate a quality program continues to increase. For the over 30 years of operation, the volunteers have been the heart and soul of this operation. Over 60 people a week give of their time, talents and energy to see that those in need receive a nourishing meal.
I Want to Help the Soup Kitchen!
While all food donations are welcome, certain canned food items are especially useful. The Soup Kitchen Manager has asked that people consider donating any of the following canned items: tomato and tomato products, green beans, corn, black olives, tuna, chicken, carrots, potatoes, and/or beets. All donations can be left in the ECOS office or in the Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen served 62,810 meals in 2018. We need your help. If you would like to assist us in any way please contact us.
Episcopal Church of the Saviour Soup Kitchen
Manager: Steve Noel
519 N. Douty Street
Hanford, CA 93230
Phone: (559) 212-4866