In the summer of 2009, as economic conditions continued to decline and joblessness became more and more prevalent, Sacred Heart Church began to consider what could be done to alleviate the suffering in Monroe and the surrounding areas. Led by our pastor, Father Tom Byrnes, we researched the services already provided in Monroe: two local churches, the First Presbyterian Church and the Monroe United Methodist Church, both have food pantries serving the community. Also in consultation with the Hudson Valley Food Bank, we determined that a soup kitchen was definitely the way to meet the needs of all individuals and families and so Our Father’s Kitchen was opened on September 16th 2009.
The name for our Kitchen was derived from Matthew 25:34:
As the Roman Catholic Church of Sacred Heart, Monroe, NY, the mission of Our Father’s Kitchen is threefold: to feed the hungry, to provide referral/assistance information, and to provide a socialization outlet for the lonely and disenfranchised.
This last intention recognizes the vast loneliness spoken of by Blessed Mother Teresa in our society today:
Our Father’s Kitchen is located in the Parish Hall of the Sacred Heart Chapel, 151 Stage Road, Monroe. We serve a hot, nutritious meal to anyone, free of charge, every Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm.
How Can You Help?
Donations may be dropped off any Wednesday between noon – 7 pm or Thursday 10 am – 3 pm at the Sacred Heart Chapel.
Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
195 Hudson Street
Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520