Soup kitchen

A soup kitchen or a bread line is a place where food is offered to the poor and homeless for free or at a reasonably low price. Frequently located in lower-income neighborhoods, they are often staffed by volunteer organizations, such as church groups or community groups. Soup kitchens sometimes obtain food from a food bank for free or at a low price, because they are considered a charity.


The concept of soup kitchens hit the mainstream of U.S. consciousness during the Great Depression. One soup kitchen in Chicago was even sponsored by Italian mobster Al Capone in an effort to clean up his image. [ [ "Soup Kitchens"] "Social Security Online History Page".] Inventor Benjamin Thompson, contemporary to the Founding Fathers of the United States, is said to have invented the soup kitchen. ["The Shadow Behind Our Founding Fathers: A traitor, a scientist, a womanizer and an enigma" review of Nicholas Delbanco's "The Count of Concord" Book World p. 9, June 22, 2008, "The Washington Post".]


ee also

* Thrift store
* Freegan
* Food Not Bombs
* Soup Kitchen International, a well-known soup restaurant in New York City, New York, run by Al Yeganeh
* Masbia, a humanitarian organization located in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn NY, whose stated mission is to feed the hungry in a respectful and dignified manner.
* Breadliner

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  • Soup kitchen — Soup Soup, n. [F. soupe, OF. sope, supe, soupe, perhaps originally, a piece of bread; probably of Teutonic origin; cf. D. sop sop, G. suppe soup. See {Sop} something dipped in a liquid, and cf. {Supper}.] A liquid food of many kinds, usually made …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soup kitchen — soup kitchens also soup kitchen N COUNT A soup kitchen is a place where homeless people or very poor people are provided with free food. ...a soup kitchen in Warsaw that s run by the Church …   English dictionary

  • soup kitchen — n. a place where hot soup or the like is given to people in dire need …   English World dictionary

  • soup kitchen — soup .kitchen n a place where people with no money and no homes can get free food …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • soup kitchen — soup ,kitchen noun count a place where poor people can go to get a free hot meal …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • soup kitchen — ► NOUN ▪ a place where free food is served to the homeless or destitute …   English terms dictionary

  • soup kitchen — noun a place where food is dispensed to the needy • Hypernyms: ↑charity * * * noun, pl ⋯ chens [count] : a place that gives food (such as soup and bread) to poor people * * * ˈsoup kitchen [soup kitchen soup kitchens] …   Useful english dictionary

  • soup kitchen — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms soup kitchen : singular soup kitchen plural soup kitchens a place where poor people can go to get a free hot meal …   English dictionary

  • soup-kitchen — see soup kitchen …   English dictionary

  • soup kitchen — soup′ kitch en n. a place where food, usu. soup, is served at little or no charge to the needy • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

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