Soup Kitchen Program

Soup Kitchen VolunteersThe Soup Kitchen Program provides an evening meal, seven nights a week from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to anyone in need of a hot, nutritious meal. Most of the men, women and children using the Soup Kitchen are homeless, but some are very low-income renters (including senior citizens) who come for a free meal in order to help make ends meet.

The Soup Kitchen Program has been in continuous operation by the Frederick Community Action Agency (FCAA) since 1984. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from approximately 5 to 7 p.m. to set-up and serve meals (we have a paid cook during the week) and then to clean up the dishes and kitchen area after the meal is finished. Weekday volunteers usually sign-up to work the same evening (e.g., Monday evenings) either every week or every other week.


Groups of volunteers (e.g., religious institutions, civic groups, companies, and other organizations) are used to staff the Soup Kitchen on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and on major holidays. Groups are responsible for cooking, serving and cleaning-up after the evening meal.


General Information for Volunteers in the Foodbank and Soup Kitchen:

  • Volunteers must be age 14 or older; youth volunteers between the ages of 14 to 18 must be properly supervised by adult volunteers
  • Volunteers are requested to commit to volunteering for at least 12 months, typically for 1 or 2 shifts per month in the Foodbank or for 2 to 4 shifts per month in the soup kitchen. Please check with Chris Bard (301-600-3972) to see if volunteers are needed at this time.
  • Client information, such as the names of people using the Foodbank or Soup Kitchen, is protected by law and must remain confidential
  • Please contact the FCAA at 301-600-1506 or 301-600-3972 if you are unable to volunteer for your scheduled shift

More Information

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Chris Bard, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-600-3972 or email Chris.