ABOUT SVdP: THE MAKING OF A SUBSTANTIAL MEAL
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In 2016, the Soup Kitchen made a name change to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen and Resource Center. The new (current) name reflects the goal of offering more services. A strong focus on client self-sufficiency while fulfilling an expanded mission to serve the poor more completely.
Brief History: The story of SVdP begins in 1982 as the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen of Upper Pinellas County. Originally, a small group of folks who gave food to the homeless behind the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on North Fort Harrison Street in Clearwater, the Soup Kitchen was established to feed the poor and hungry in the Clearwater area. The first facility was located in the Knights of Columbus building. Later, the Soup Kitchen moved to Trinity Presbyterian Church and the Calvary Baptist Church provided bus transportation from downtown. Already serving 85 meals a day—and the need growing—the Soup Kitchen searched for a larger facility. In 1990, the current building was located, permitting the Soup Kitchen to expand its food service as well as provide additional services to poor and hungry people in and around the city.