New Horizons soup kitchen has been feeding those in need since 1979.
The New Horizons soup kitchen is a place where those in need, whose paths in life have met with devastating financial circumstances, and the homeless come to receive a hot meal, encouragement and companionship in a place where they are treated with dignity and respect. We serve much more than soup: dinner always includes a robust salad, entree, sides, dessert and choice of milk, coffee and soft drinks.
The soup kitchen serves breakfast and lunch for shelter guests daily. It also serves a complete dinner to seniors (over 50) at 3:00 p.m – 3:30 p.m. and for individuals, and their families beginning at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily. We typically serve over 400 meals daily.
Our soup kitchen was the first component to New Horizons expansive services, and began as a group of concerned citizens making soup and sandwiches at their homes and then serving them from a borrowed camper that would go to those impoverished people in need of nutrition.
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.
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 two years ago. 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 New Horizons during the holidays and recently came in to pick up a Thanksgiving basket. After his loss, the staff and volunteers offered condolences and were particularly receptive and supportive ensuring everything ran smooth for him. Jackie, the Food Pantry Manager, has been at the pantry since he’s been coming and has offered a calming, secure presence. Two years ago New Horizons clients waited outside on the sidewalk for services. Today there is an indoor waiting area and the pantry has been reconfigured to improve operations. Mark said the indoor waiting room is “Beautiful. We used to have to get here early to be in the front of the line. There were arguments in line. People would skip the line and there were problems with people smoking outside. Now it’s much more organized.” When asked about what else New Horizons could do for our clients, Mark responded, “New Horizons does 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.”