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. From those humble beginnings, today the Soup Kitchen is blessed with dedicated and trained teams of volunteers for every day of the year. 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. The history of soup kitchens in America can be traced back to the year 1929 with the effects of a growing depression. Soup was economical because water could be added to serve more people. Soup kitchens continue to exist for the homeless and struggling families across America, providing a free hot meal that for many may be their only meal of the day.