Welcome Friends of Greater Port Jefferson, Inc., DBA Welcome Friends:
After over 27 years serving the greater Port Jefferson area, the leaders and volunteers of Port Jefferson’s Soup Kitchen are excited to announce their decision to become an independent Not-for-Profit corporation, named “Welcome Friends”. The operation has become self-sustaining with a solid foundation of local community support…
Due to Covid-19 Welcome Friends has had to change their objective of how they help feed the hungry. Because of social distancing rules and closure of the Churches/Kitchens at this time, the organization is focusing on securing meals from neighboring restaurants, both by donation and by purchasing prepared meals. We are trying to continue providing meals 5 days a week. We have 200 volunteers that are working hard to continue to provide meals for the hungry.
Our goal is to continue feeding every needy person in our neighborhoods. Please feel free to contact us for the schedules or any other questions you might have.
Donations are always needed and welcome but are especially critical at this time because of our need to purchase prepared foods instead of cost effectively making meals in our kitchens.
During COVID 19
The mission of Welcome Friends Soup Kitchen of Greater Port Jefferson has essentially remained the same during the Covid 19 pandemic: we continue to provide hot, nutritious meals to those in need in the community.
At this time, instead of providing a sit down meal in the churches dining areas, we are distributing grab n go meals five days a week in two church parking lots.
Monday: although restricted from cooking on premises at Christ Church Episcopal, volunteers are preparing delicious sandwiches with a fruit and beverage to take and go.
Tuesday & Thursday: boxed lunches, funded by the Port Jeff Chamber of Commerce, are provided by several local restaurants and distributed by our volunteers.
Wednesday: our volunteers prepare and box an entrée at First Presbyterian and deliver them to St. Paul’s parking lot for distribution.
Friday: boxed meals are provided gratis each week by Fifth Season and are distributed with bags of non-perishable groceries by our volunteers.
All volunteers and guests are following CDC and NYS guidelines to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing while on church premises.
Monday Kitchen Co-coordinator
Monday 1:00 – 1:30PM
St. Paul’s Church*
Bagged sandwich, fruit, snack to go
Tuesday 1:00 – 1:30PM
St. Paul’s Church
Hot meal to go
Wednesday 1:00 – 1:30PM
Hot meal to go
Thursday 1:00 – 1:30PM
Hot meal to go / Salad
Friday – 4:45 – 5:30PM
First Presbyterian Church**
Hot meal, bag of groceries to go
*St. Paul’s is located at 309 Patchogue Rd, Port Jefferson Station
**First Presbyterian is located at corner of Main St. and South St., Port Jefferson Village.