The Damiano Soup Kitchen

The Damiano Center began with the Soup Kitchen in March 1982. We operate the largest on-site meal program in the city of Duluth. We serve seven hot meals each week, plus a continental breakfast 5 days a week.

In 2012 the Soup Kitchen served over 124,000 meals to people in need.

The Soup Kitchen utilizes salvaged food in all our meals. Salvaged food is food that is still usable but grocery stores, restaurants and other institutions can no longer use it. The food was diverted from the landfill and used to feed hungry people. Utilizing salvaged food helps us save money and allows us to offer more balanced, healthier meals by using more fresh fruits, vegetables and meat in our dishes than we would normally be able to afford. In 2008 the Soup Kitchen salvaged over 171,000 pounds of food.

No questions are asked of the people who come for a meal, and everyone is welcome to eat until they are satisfied. In addition we make available day old bakery products for people to take home.

Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Each year, over 500 people donate their time to help us serve people in the Soup Kitchen. Volunteers assist in the preparation, serving and clean up of all meals under the supervision of a cook and dishwasher. For each shift we need up to 7 volunteers. Each shift lasts approximately 5 hours. People can either sign up as a group or as individuals.

Volunteers must be able to:

  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Work the entire 5 hour shift.
  • Be at least 13 years old.

To learn more about volunteering at the Soup Kitchen or to schedule a shift call Maria Alicea our volunteer coordinator at 722-8708 x100.

Hours: The Soup kitchen is open Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun for the following meals:

Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30
Lunch 11:30 – 1:00
Dinner 5:00 – 6:00 (Sat & Sun only)

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For more information, contact:
Sandy Bennett, Food Service Manager
Room 110 & 109 - (218) 726-0500 or 722-8708 ext 101