More than 100 volunteers are the essential ingredients when it comes to making things happen at the St. Vincent de Paul community kitchen. These are interesting people, young and old, from all walk of life, with varied experience, who want to help those who are most in need in our community.
Volunteers not only serve meals in the kitchen but put their skills to work in the office, on committees and as unofficial ambassadors throughout upper Pinellas County. People conduct food drives in their neighborhoods, raise funds through local organizations or help in other ways.
“Volunteers come here every day, trying their best to make other peoples’ lives a little better,” said Peter Scalia, executive director. “The volunteers are the ones who really make it happen. Every day, they ask, ‘What can I do? How can I help?’”
It is generally known that the kitchen provides a hot meal to more than 150 clients every day, including weekends, holidays and all 365 days of the year. Meals are served daily from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Volunteers come in early to prepare the food, and we currently are looking for another cook for one day a week.
But the center also provides a whole range of services including showers, clothes washing and other essentials. Once a week, a medical clinic is available on site. Legal services are offered. Mail service is available as a place for people who are homeless to receive their mail. Bus passes are provided for transportation. Once every quarter, we give clients a voucher to obtain a set of clothes from the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop in Clearwater.
If you want to help those most in need, please let us know. We are always looking for new volunteers, new sources of food supplies and of course financial donations as well. Please feel free to contact us daily from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
We try to be a sanctuary a few hours a day for people who are hungry, homeless and down on their luck. Thank you for helping.
Community Kitchen and Resource Center begin in Pinellas Country in 1982. The SVdP Soup Kitchen has been at the Park St., Clearwater location since 2011. Focused on client self-sufficiency, serving breakfast to the poor and hungry.