Our mission is to provide a nutritious meal, in a friendly atmosphere, to anyone who is hungry.
Soup Stop has successfully operated in the Charleston community since 2001. We are a non-profit organization funded entirely through donations and volunteer efforts. Through a partnership with WB’s Pub and Grub, we are able to provide people with a free hot meal. Board members, donors and volunteers work together to serve meals and to-go lunches five days a week to all who ask for service. People do not need to reveal personal / financial information to eat at Soup Stop.
Soup Stop volunteers are the heart of our operation. They prepare and serve daily lunches and clean the serving and kitchen area. You may volunteer daily, weekly or monthly.
Volunteer hours are Monday through Friday 10.30am to 1.00pm. To volunteer call our volunteer co-ordinator Renee Smith one month in advance at (217) 232-1670.
Because our operation depends on each person’s commitment, it is crucial that all volunteers arrive on time for their shifts. Volunteers who maintain their commitments help ensure that no-one goes hungry.
Please make checks payable to Soup Stop, NFP, INC. and mail to Tim Silence, P.O. Box 722, Charleston, IL, 61920.
Food items needed are: regular and diet hot chocolate packets, instant coffee and tea, lemonade mix, non-frozen cup-size microwavable dinners, snack-size applesauce, snack-size fruit cup, snack-size pudding, big bags of pretzels, big bags of animal crackers, and peanut butter.
Non-food items needed are: hot and cold drink cups, paper napkins, durable dinner-size paper plates and bowls, plastic utensils, paper towels, fold-over, ziplock and snack-size sandwich bags, and food-handling disposable gloves.
Please take all food and non-food item donations to Soup Stop, located at the New Hope Worship Center, 2175 Harrison Avenue, Charleston, IL, 61920. Drop off times are Monday through Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Lunch is served Monday through Friday 11.00am to 12.30pm. Our address is New Hope Worship Center located at 2175 Harrison Avenue, Charleston, IL, 61920.
We serve free hot food! Upon request, we also make to-go lunches. To-go lunches include a bag of pretzels/salty treat, a bag of cookies, and a piece of fruit. Guests are given one to-go lunch per person each day.
Men, women, children, and families are welcome. No questions are asked. You just have to show up.
Please note that when the Charleston schools are closed for the full day due to weather, we will be closed as well.