Saint John's Soup Kitchen

P.O. Box 200147
22 Mulberry Street
Newark, NJ 07102-5202


New Freezer for the Stock Room

As anyone who has ventured into the stock room at St. John's will tell you, our walk-in freezer has been in rough shape for quite some time. Well, thanks to the generosity of Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank, we are very fortunate to say that our freezer

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Posted Mon, Feb 3rd, 2014 By mstrader News

Donations arrive from Our Lady of Peace, New Providence

Mike Savage and his crew at Our Lady of Peace, New Providence supplied us with 100 hoodies and 500 pairs of gloves.  So desperately needed in this arctic weather.

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Posted Tue, Jan 28th, 2014 By mstrader News

Good Friends

A good friend of Saint John's donated a wonderful  meal on Saturday from King's Family Restaurant that served 300 people. What a treat!

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Posted Tue, Jan 28th, 2014 By mstrader News

Polar Vortex No Match For St. John's and Archbishop Hebda

Despite single digit temperatures and a -5o wind chill, the hungry of Newark made their way to St. John's this morning. Today patrons were fortunate to be served by recently appointed coadjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda who braved the bitter cold as he, along with volunteers from the Seton Hall University

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Posted Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014 By mstrader News

Update on our RSS Feed

Dear Friends,

We have been upgrading our computer system in order to be more responsive to your interest in our programs. Unfortunately, old postings were sent out this week wishing you all a "Happy Thanksgiving"! While I certainly hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one, we do wish you the

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Posted Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014 News

Happy New Year!

Thanks to Holiday Express for the joy they bring to our homeless and needy every year at Christmas. Over 600 meals were served and catered on Christmas Eve!

Over New Year, a young man arrived at our soup kitchen. He had been released from jail with nothing but the clothes

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Posted Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014 News

Happy Thanksgiving!

St. John's Soup Kitchen

Our Thanksgiving celebration is here. Even though it's pouring rain, it's a glorious day! Investors Savings, spearheaded by Kevin Cummings, came early to do all the prep work for our Thanksgiving feast and our local Hilton Hotel will finish off the meal with fresh roast turkey.

On behalf of our

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Posted Wed, Nov 27th, 2013 News

Doer/Donor Mass in November

St. John's Soup Kitchen

Dear Friends,

Everyday I give thanks to God for all the incredible people who gather at St. John's and care for those who are in such great need. I would like the opportunity to thank you personally for your great compassion and service.

I would be honored if you would

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Posted Thu, Oct 31st, 2013 By mstrader News

Week of October 20th-26th

As the weather grows colder, the hot meals we serve feed more and more hungry people each day. 

This week the Men's Spirituality group from Our Lady of The Lake in Verona, NJ brought in pancakes and sausage.

Also, the Boy Scouts Troop #6 from Caldwell, NJ came in

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Posted Mon, Oct 28th, 2013 By mstrader News

Coats for Cookies - This October

St. John's Soup Kitchen

This month the Hilton Blue Energy Community Team will be collecting coats until October 30th.

Any gently used Adult and Children size coats can be donated in exchange for a delicious bag of cookies!Chefs Mark and Christine will be collecting coats and any other donations.

Coats will be donated along

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Posted Mon, Oct 21st, 2013 By mstrader News

A Young Person's Perspective

Before we got on the train, I was wondering what it is like to be on a soup kitchen line, waiting to be fed and having no place to go afterward. I felt lucky not to be on of those people. Then I hopped on the train and the ride

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Posted Wed, Oct 9th, 2013 By mstrader News

Summer Reflection

Dear Friends,

I cannot remember a summer as hot as this one in all the years I have been at St. John's. As you know, when the heat goes up, tempers tend to flare.

One day in July, a few guys started arguing with each other. It soon escalated. My

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Posted Tue, Oct 8th, 2013 By Barbara Maran News

This Week at St. John's

We welcom the Don Bosco boys' Freshman Class! They'll be working with us all year.

The Korean Presbyterian Church will be here once again serving their homemade meal of dumplings, beef, and broccoli. Besides cooking, they also provide much needed haircuts for our homeless population.

Our favorite artist, Mary Pagana,

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Posted Fri, Oct 4th, 2013 By mstrader News

Thanks to Our Web Support!

A special word of thanks to our "tech genius", Mr. Rodney Calafati at Northern Pride! Rodney has been working with us on developing our website. He has been extremely generous with his time and commitment to our mission of caring for the poor. The site has provided us with opportunities

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Posted Sat, Sep 28th, 2013 By mstrader News


At his inauguration, our new Pope Francis said we must all be protectors of the created world by "sharing loving concern for each person, especially children, the elderly and those in need who are often the last people thought of."  I like this as a focal point because it highlights

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Posted Thu, Aug 1st, 2013 By Seton Hall Student News