New Horizons soup kitchen has been feeding those in need since 1979.
Due to the situation with COVID-19, the Families in Transition-New Horizons shelter has made temporary changes to services for the safety and well-being of our participants. Please follow our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
Our soup kitchen is a place where anyone struggling with food insecurity can come for a healthy meal, encouragement and companionship in a place where they are treated with dignity and respect. We serve much more than soup: breakfast, lunch and dinner are always prepared with healthy nutrition in mind.
The soup kitchen serves breakfast for overnight shelter guests. Lunch is provided to people participating in our day resource program.* Dinner is open to all. Dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. Final seating for dinner is at 5:20, so that we can begin to prepare the shelter for overnight sleeping starting at 5:30.
We typically serve over 400 meals daily.
Our soup kitchen is the hub of our food preparation for all of our programs including providing meals to our family shelter in Manchester and our two recovery housing programs also in Manchester. In essence, the kitchen, our staff and volunteers prepare nearly 800 meals per day, every day.
*In order to access day resource programs, including lunch, people must schedule a one hour appointment per week with one of our case managers.
On social security and a fixed income, Mark has had medical issues of his own, but was dealt a traumatic blow when his wife of 14 years passed away. He was “devastated” by her loss and said he is “doing the best he can” now that she’s gone. The help New Horizons has been able to give us has been tremendous”. With two teenagers at home, Mark has supported them through their loss and has asked for support from them too, trying to foster a positive reciprocal relationship with his son and daughter. They are doing great in school he says, but the adjustment has been tough. He said he couldn’t be more proud of them. Mark has been a food pantry client for several years coming in monthly for boxes of non-perishable food as well as on a more regular basis for perishable food given out through the bread line. He appreciates the assistance from our organization during the holidays and recently came in to pick up a Thanksgiving basket. When asked about what else New Horizons could do for our participants, Mark responded, “You do a tremendous job. I take everything as a blessing. They have been very supportive. They help me with food for my family. I am thankful for everything they have done.”