Idaho Falls Community Outreach Center

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Started in 1985, the Soup Kitchen was a vision of two members of the Episcopal Church that provided a noon time meal to the needy on weekends. The mission of the Soup Kitchen has grown to where it is now open seven days a week and serves over 55,000 meals a year. Dedicated teams of volunteers from most of the area’s churches and several organizations prepare, serve, and cleanup the meal using donations of food and money donated from the community. Those served by the Soup Kitchen include the homeless, transients, low income, elderly, children, unemployed, and handicapped. No qualifications are required, no questions are asked, and no religious views are fostered. It is the mission of the Soup Kitchen to provide a sanctuary where fellowship is nurtured, and a hot nourishing meal is served in an environment of respect and dignity. To make this possible Individual, one-time donations as well as regular monthly donations make up a large portion of our total income. Other sources include fund raisers from church groups, civic organizations, and the Combined Federal Campaign sponsored by federal workers in the area. The major source of food donations comes from the annual Interfaith Community 4th of July, Boy Scout, and Mail Handlers Food Drives, individual food donations and food drives sponsored by various groups, churches, and organizations in the community.

The Soup Kitchen is blessed with dedicated and trained teams of volunteers for every day of the year making opportunities to help serve at meal times very limited. Examples of the best ways to help or volunteer your service to the Soup Kitchen include: organizing a “mini” food drive or fund raiser, help with the occasional can sorting and shelf stocking, or organizing a “spring cleanup”. Just call and coordinate your desires with the Soup Kitchen contact noted below.

Hours of operation: Noon to 1:00 pm daily

Donations: Mail to: The Soup Kitchen
                     301 South Boulevard
                     Idaho Falls, ID 83401

We are always looking for volunteers willing to make a 1-day-a-month commitment for the calendar year to help us prepare, serve, and clean after the noontime meal. Teams are encouraged but every hand helps! Please visit our Facebook page or email

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