A Meal & More
Soup Kitchen

Our Mission is to provide hunger relief

As of June we returned to in-room dining with limited seating and Covid-19 precautions still in place (masks, distancing, etc.). We are also serving takeout to those uncomfortable with in-room dining.

  • A Meal and More is a soup kitchen that serves free, hot, nutritious midday meals to people in need every Wednesday and Sunday. Our serving times are 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesdays, and 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Sundays.
  • Location: Christ Church Rochester, 141 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607.
  • A Meal and More began in 1979. We typically serve 60 to 90 guests at each meal.
  • When needed, A Meal and More staff and volunteers will refer guests to other agencies for emergency shelter, public assistance, or job opportunities.
  • All who are in need of a meal are welcomed without regard to race, gender, age, religion, or income.

Support

  • A Meal and More, Inc. is a non-profit, IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Financial support is obtained from area churches, private and governmental grants, local businesses, and individuals.
  • Foundations and businesses that support A Meal and More include the Alstom Signaling Foundation, Ashley Family Foundation, Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, Glover Crask Charitable Trust, Howe and Rusling, Masonic Service Bureau, and the Waldron Rise Foundation.
  • Foodlink provides much of the food needed to prepare meals.
  • Local businesses that support A Meal and More by providing or donating food include: Price Rite, Wegmans, and Stuart's Spices

 

Donate

You can help feed people in need through financial contributions and donations of food. To make a tax-deductible financial contribution to A Meal and More, choose one of the following three options:

#1) PayPal. You can either, log into your Paypal account, OR... simply enter your credit card info by clicking "Pay with Debit or Credit Card." (No PayPal account needed)


#2) With a check. Please make your check payable to A Meal & More, Inc, and mail it to 25 Broadway, Rochester, NY 14607

#3) United Way. You can contribute through your workplace's United Way drive by selecting A Meal and More for your donor-designated contribution using the number 1483.

Interested in donating food? These items are always needed

  • In addition to food, we provide personal hygeine items such as soap, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, and shampoo
  • Deli meat such as turkey, ham, bologna
  • Juice boxes, water bottles, or other individual drink containers for bagged lunches
  • Fruit juices (Bottles of apple, orange, cranberry-apple)
  • Ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard - both bottles/jars and individual packets
  • Salad dressings, and fresh produce - lettuce, celery, carrot stix, cucumber, tomatoes, clementines
  • Beef and chicken broth, chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup
  • Frozen or canned vegetables such as green beans, corn, peas, mixed vegetables
  • Canned fruit - applesauce, mixed fruit, peaches
  • Pasta sauce, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes
  • Spaghetti noodles, and pasta (short noodle pasta, e.g. penne, elbows, rigatoni)
  • Nutritious snacks for bagged lunches (granola bars, nuts, protein bars, fruit cups, bananas, clementines, grapes, raisins)
  • Paper napkins, and to-go containers (3 compartment, 9" x 9" or 8" x 8")
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Sandwich bread, and other breads (in a package, sliced is preferred)
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME

Large or commercial sizes are preferred, but all donations will be gratefully accepted. Items can be dropped-off at the Christ Church kitchen on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm.

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About Us

We employ a staff that is responsible for cooking the meals, washing dishes, ensuring security and a welcoming presence at the door, and overseeing the work of the volunteers that help serve each meal. A Meal and More's volunteer Board of Directors oversees general operations, staffing, volunteer coordination, publicity, fund raising, grant writing, and financial management.

Staff

Cordero Rivera, Chef/Kitchen Manager
William Drayton, Door Greeter/Security
Robert Spall, Dishwasher
Steve Iaia, Church Sexton

Board of Directors:

Lois Jones, President
Angelica Stevens, Treasurer
Janet Morse, Receiving Treasurer
Andrea Stridiron
Carolyn Mok
Kimberly Sookoo

Support

Linda Baroody, Assistant to the Board
John Kaemmerlen, Operations Support


Volunteer

The Wednesday volunteer shift runs from 10 am to 1:00 pm. The Sunday volunteer shift runs from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. We use 4 to 6 volunteers at each meal.

Volunteers play an essential role!
Setting tables, assisting with meal preparation, serving food, and helping with cleanup.

Volunteers 16-17 years old are welcome with an adult and a signed permission slip.

 

Questions? Send them to Volunteer@AMealandMore.org


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News

In 2021, we served 9,940 meals. In 2020, we served 10,631 meals. These are two of our highest years ever in terms of meals served.

Our chef, Cordero, is broadcasting mid-day during the week on FM station 97.1, WEPL, which is owned by the Ibero American Action League as a service to the Rochester Latino community.

In December, we lost a great friend and colleague, Rhonda Burgos, who passed away suddenly. We miss her positive spirit.

Recently we have received two generous equipment gifts. Mrs. H.P. Clark gave us a meat slicer about a year ago. And just recently, Mary Ann Hrankowski donated a Cuisinart and a food processor.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
A Meal & More
25 Broadway
Rochester, NY 14607

Tel: (585) 354-5931
Fax:
(585) 730-5646