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WELCOME TABLE2018-11-01T10:36:05+00:00

Project Description

Chicken and Soup for the Soul…

Open every Sunday, a day when most other soup kitchens in NYC are closed, the Welcome Table serves an average of 1,300 hot meals. We strive to go beyond the emergency need of food by also providing our guests with assistance in obtaining government benefits and birth certificates, free chiropractic treatments, legal referrals, health screenings, and other services.

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Additional Services
Guests

Guests

Days of Operation:
Sundays

Hours of Operation:
12:45pm–3:00pm

Location:
55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

Volunteer

Volunteers

Volunteer Shifts:
Meal Prep: 8:30am–11:30am
Meal Service: 12:30pm–3:30pm

Location:
55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.

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Donors

Support for the Welcome Table Soup Kitchen comes from the New York Food Bank and generous contributors like you. We accept food items, running a food drive, and of course, monetary donations.

Can I donate food to the Welcome Table?2018-10-03T12:19:18+00:00

We do accept donations of food items for the Welcome Table, but we request that you contact us before dropping off any food. Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org to find out what items are particularly needed.

Can I run a food drive to benefit the Welcome Table?2018-10-02T07:18:35+00:00

Yes! It helps to offset our out-of-pocket costs for the Welcome Table when we receive the proceeds of a food drive. There are two ways to do a drive:

  • Set up an online drive at www.YouGiveGoods.com (preferred method)! An online drive has many benefits to the organizer, the donors, and to Xavier Mission. They include:
    • Ease of communications: Information about our organization can be included on the food drive website so people can learn about who they are donating to. A link to the online drive can be easily disseminated to your entire email listserv for maximum participation.
    • Convenience: An online drive allows people to make a donation to cover the cost of specific food items without having to actually go out and buy the items, and without the organizer having to transport all of the items at the end of the drive. YouGiveGoods will deliver all of the food that was purchased directly to Xavier Mission!
    • Maximum effectiveness: An online drive allows the organizer to specify what food items are needed. This greatly helps Xavier Mission to manage our inventory and not end up with food items that we cannot use, that are damaged, or that are expired. Organizers can contact Xavier Mission to find out what items are most needed and include those items on the online list.
  • A traditional in-house food drive, where people drop off donations to a specified location.

Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org if you would like to organize a food drive for Xavier Mission.

Can I make a monetary donation to the Welcome Table?2018-10-12T14:47:36+00:00

Absolutely! Please visit our Donation page for information about monetary donations.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey

Each year for the Thanksgiving holiday, Xavier Mission provides:

    • A Thanksgiving Day dinner for disabled and senior members of our community
    • Dinner delivery to homebound community members
    • Food baskets (including turkeys!) to our Food Pantry families
    • A special Thanksgiving Welcome Table lunch the Sunday following the holiday

In all, we provide more than 4,000 meals during the holiday week!

Guests

Who is invited to the Thanksgiving Day dinner?2018-10-11T21:28:25+00:00

The meal is generally attended by senior and disabled guests of our Welcome Table and St. Francis Xavier communities. However, no one is turned away!

What time is the Thanksgiving Day dinner?2018-10-11T21:29:01+00:00

Doors open at 11:45am. The meal begins at noon and is usually finished by 1:30pm.

How do I receive a meal if I am homebound?2018-10-11T21:29:41+00:00

Please call Christina at 212-627-2100, x211 or email cbowman@xaviermission.org to schedule a meal delivery for Thanksgiving Day. Please note that we cannot guarantee the exact time of delivery, though it is usually between 10am and 12pm.

Can I request a meal for my caregiver?2018-10-11T21:30:08+00:00

Yes, if your caregiver or other family members will be with you on Thanksgiving Day, you can request meals or them as well.

Volunteers

When can I sign up to volunteer?2018-10-11T21:30:48+00:00

Sign-ups usually go live in late September or early October. Keep an eye on our website and newsletters for notifications that our sign-ups are open.

What opportunities are there for Thanksgiving volunteering?2018-10-11T21:31:21+00:00

Our Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities span the whole week! We need volunteers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the holiday week to package and distribute pantry baskets and prep in the kitchen. We need volunteers on Wednesday night to help set up and decorate. We need volunteers on Thanksgiving Day to deliver homebound meals, prepare the meal, serve the meal, and clean up after the meal.

I really want to serve the meal on Thanksgiving Day. How can I make sure I get a spot?2018-10-11T21:31:58+00:00

All volunteer sign-ups are first come-first served. Once sign-ups are open, the meal service spots tend to fill up fairly quickly. Because so many people are interested in this shift, volunteers must reserve their spot with a $30 donation. This is the only Thanksgiving volunteer shift that requires a reservation donation.

Do I need a car to help deliver homebound meals?2018-10-11T21:32:28+00:00

Ideally, volunteers for homebound meals will sign up as teams, which includes someone with a vehicle (drivers) and additional team members to bring the meals from the car to the apartments (runners). However, if you have a driver but no runners, or want to be a runner but don’t have a driver, please register anyway and we will match you up with other volunteers who need a team!

Donors

Can I make a monetary donation for Thanksgiving?2018-10-12T14:46:49+00:00

Absolutely! Please see our Holiday Hope and Healing Campaign to make a donation for Thanksgiving.

I used to contribute to the Thanksgiving Meal Fund. What happened to that campaign?2018-10-11T21:35:17+00:00

Beginning in 2018, instead of doing separate Thanksgiving and Year-End Appeals, we combined our fundraising efforts into a new “Holiday Hope and Healing Campaign.” This campaign streamlines our fundraising efforts, ensuring that less money and time is spent on raising funds, and more time is spent on putting your donations to work to provide hope and healing to our community!

Can I donate food for Thanksgiving?2018-10-11T21:37:02+00:00

We do accept some food donations for the holiday meals, specifically pies for the Thanksgiving Day dinner and homebound meals. Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org to discuss food donations.

Can I run a food drive for Thanksgiving?2018-10-11T21:39:54+00:00

Yes! It helps to offset our out-of-pocket costs for Thanksgiving and our Food Pantry when we receive the proceeds of a food drive. There are two ways to do a drive:

  • An online drive (preferred method!): Set up an online drive at www.YouGiveGoods.com! An online drive has many benefits to the organizer, the donors, and to Xavier Mission. They include:
    • Ease of communications: Information about our organization can be included on the food drive website so people can learn about who they are donating to. A link to the online drive can be easily disseminated to your entire email listserv for maximum participation.
    • Convenience: An online drive allows people to make a donation to cover the cost of specific food items without having to actually go out and buy the items, and without the organizer having to transport all of the items at the end of the drive. YouGiveGoods will deliver all of the food that was purchased online directly to Xavier Mission!
    • Maximum effectiveness: An online drive allows the organizer to specify what food items are needed. This greatly helps Xavier Mission to manage our inventory and not end up with food items that we cannot use, that are damaged, or that are expired. Organizers can contact Xavier Mission to find out what items are most needed and include those items on the online list.
  • A traditional in-house food drive, where people drop off donations to a specified location.

Please contact Christina at cbowman@xaviermission.org if you would like to organize a food drive for Xavier Mission