Basic Services

St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen

Hours:  11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. every day of the yearsoup_kitchen

The Soup Kitchen first opened in 1979 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and moved in 1994 to the Urban Ministry Center, where it has been in continuous operation ever since.  Today, it remains Charlotte’s largest, oldest soup kitchen and the only one that serves a hot, nutritious lunch 365 days a year, with no questions asked or prerequisites for service. In our 30+ year history, we have never once failed to deliver on our basic promise to hungry people – despite ice storms, heat waves, power outages, and ever-increasing demand.

The Soup Kitchen operates with a different volunteer crew each day (300 volunteers each month), under the direction of a full-time manager and part-time assistant. In 2013 we served 99,230 lunches, and over 1.5 million since UMC’s inception.

The Soup Kitchen meets a critical need not only by reliably meeting the growing demand for food, but also by being a welcoming front door for people living on the streets. The Kitchen serves as the point of entry to the continuum of services available through the Urban Ministry Center and the Homeless Services Network. We are the first place people turn to for food and, we hope, for help in addressing the core issues that impact their lives.


Basic Services

Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m — sign up at 8:30 & 1:30

  • Mail
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Telephone & Mail
  • Nurse (M-F a.m.) and Dental Van (2nd Friday) These services for homeless only
  • Transportation (to DSS, DMV, SS, clinics)
  • Counseling (ID or prescription assistance, food and other referrals)
  • Support groups (grief, women’s)