The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen is a caring 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which serves free mid-day meals to the needy and lonely members of our community. The Soup Kitchen serves meals seven days a week, including all holidays. Its hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and its location is 22 West High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
The Soup Kitchen opened its doors on October 1, 1991 as an outreach project of the Ministries Committee of Prince of Peace Church. Members of the parish prepared simple meals of soup and sandwiches for 307 people between October and December that year. The number of people coming in to eat grew rapidly and in December of 1994, we incorporated and became known as the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. We created a Board of Directors with representation by members of seven downtown churches. Our ministry gradually reached out to over twenty churches in Adams County. The table below shows the number of meals served per year over the last 18 years.
Our founder, Nancy Forgang, retired in September, 2004, and Janice Guillory was hired as the new director that same month. Our Saturday managers have been Kathleen Krichten, Linda Eby, Ruth Wright, Denise Weldon-Siviy and Pamela Youngblood. The Soup Kitchen Board is deeply grateful for the service of all these individuals.
With support from the Soup Kitchen, Prince of Peace Church added a new program in the summer of 2004 for neighborhood children between the ages of 7 and 14. Children attending “Meals and More” during the summer months were fed by the soup kitchen. A separate room in the undercroft of the parish hall was used for the program, which took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offered arts and crafts, religious education, computer instruction, physical exercise, movies, and games in addition to lunch. We are planning to continue to support this program with meals for the children every summer.
In January of 2012, we moved out of the basement of Prince of Peace and into Peace House. The week after Easter in 2012, we began 7 day service, adding a hot meal on Sundays as well.
We consider our loving relationship with our “guests” to be just as important as the food we serve. All people who share our mid-day meals are treated with kindness and respect, and their dignity is upheld at all times. We feel that we receive so much more than we give and that God’s loving guidance is always present.