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Soup Kitchen

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Hospitality Kitchen (aka The Hippie Kitchen)

 

Days: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and July 4.)
Time: 7:30am – 12:45pm (If you arrive after 7:45, and we already have enough volunteers, you may be turned away.) We ask that all volunteers commit for the full day. It is difficult to keep our kitchen running efficiently when volunteers decide to leave at their convenience.

Hospitality Kitchen
821 E. 6th Street (on the corner of 6th St. and Gladys Ave.)
L.A. 90021
House: (323) 267-8789
Kitchen: (213) 614-9615
Driving Directions to Kitchen

We always welcome new volunteers to help us prepare and serve meals at our kitchen. You should wear clothes that you would not mind spilling some beans or salad on. One or two people who want to volunteer can come on any serving day. However, if three, four or five want to volunteer, please call our house (323) 267-8789 to schedule a day, as we consider that a group. Please be advised that we do not allow groups to show up without being scheduled.

We do not accept volunteers working for school service requirements or other forms of community service hours during Spring break, and from Thanksgiving to Christmas. We do not have the space to accommodate the many people who wish to volunteer during this time period.

Our soup kitchen, known commonly on the street as “The Hippie Kitchen” is located in the central city ghetto of L.A.’s Skid Row. With over 10,000 homeless, poor and marginally employed residents, this area, with it’s numerous street encampments and rescue missions, has been dubiously nominated “the homeless capital of the nation.” It also is the most policed area in the nation, indeed second only to Baghdad’s Green Zone as the most policed area in the world.

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  1. Corinne Chipres

    I have a delicious recipe for beans. If it is okay with you I would like to share it with you.
    You will have to adjust for a large quantity. I think I can provide the spices.
    Cooked White Moroccan Beans (or Pinto beans)

    1 Large Pot:
    1 lb. White Beans or Pinto Beans

    Cover with water and soak overnight. Then throw out the water from the beans. Cover the uncooked beans again with fresh water and cook for about 1½ hour. Check the beans every ½ hour to see if more water needs to be added.

    1 Sauce Pan:
    1½ Tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
    4 Cloves Fresh Garlic
    ½ Can Tomato Sauce
    ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro Finely Chopped
    ½ Tsp Ginger Powder
    ½ Tsp Black Pepper
    ½ Tsp Cumin Powder
    2 Cubes Beef or Chicken Bouillon
    1 Pinch Saffron (Yellow)
    1 Tsp Salt (To Taste)

    Cook about 8 minutes. Add sauce to beans after they have cooked for 1 hour. Continue cooking.
    Beans should be firm Beans should be soft and tender. There should be enough sauce.
    The recipe should not be too dry, soupy or spicy.

  2. jerry segat

    thank you and keep up the good work .the world needs more people like you guys

  3. Patricia Nunez

    Hello Catholic workers! Just wanted to say how much fun I had volunterring during the summer. I had a blast. I’m actually trying to find a date where I can bring a group of volunteers from my community service organization to come and help the kitchen. Hope to see you all soon.

    Sincerely

    Patty

  4. Jon Nuanez

    I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful service you all provide. I’m so glad that the meals are so nutritious and tasty. I go back for seconds and sometimes thirds, so kudos to you all. Maybe I can volunteer sometime; I’ll let you know (and I would be happy to do so).

  5. Tricia Cotroneo

    My father and I volunteered on 3/29. Everyone at the Kitchen was friendly and made us feel very welcomed. I will definitely come back within a month to volunteer with friends. I am a teacher and the Student Council moderator at St. Pius X school in Santa Fe Springs. I am always looking for for something for my students to get involved in. Unfortunately, my students are too young to work in the Kitchen, but if you need donations (can goods, blankets, jackets…), please do not hesitate to contact me.

  6. Jack Hornbeck

    Hi this is Jack, I am one your regular patrons, I the one who usually goes to the Gregorian Chants at the Hospitality House.

    I just wanted to take the time to express my heart felt thanks and appreciation for all your service to so many needy people.

    Such love and compassion is so hard to come by in the world today. Truly, your loyalty and dedication to the easing of suffering is exemplary and heart-warming.

    More than any facility in or around the Skid Row area, the Hippie Kitchen is by far, the most recommended place to eat.

    You fine people go out of your way to cook, transport and lovingly serve an incredible amount of food, not to mention all of the others service to you provide us.

    This is all things that you do not have to do, but do it anyway. It saddens me sometimes, that some people don’t even appreciation what you do for them, but you faithfully do your part.

    A lot of us homeless people however count your organization as a true blessing.

    I know that I speak for many when I say “Thank You”.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Jack Hornbeck

    “Feed my sheep” – Jesus

  7. Pat Yost

    I just wanted to let you know that few folks and I from JustFaith had the honor of serving at the Hippy Kitchen a few years ago. It left an impact on my life. A small group of started a program, Many Meals of Camarillo, in July 2009, serving a hot meal for 31 people. We are now serving over 100. They are now mostly regulars and families in need. We also have a free clothes give-a-way every three months. If you want to learn more about us go to manymealsofcamarillo.org. Peace and blessings, Pat Yost

  8. Linda Nkemere

    I absolutely adore this soup kitchen. It’s one of the only places where I can come in unannounced, as long as I’m on time, and help out anyway I can. The Hippie Kitchen serves hundreds of people every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday based on the generous donations of the community and city. I’m grateful that there is a place like this in existence and hopefully I can come in again and help out one of these Saturdays.

    May all the Catholic Workers be blessed and loved

  9. Bob Orr

    I had the honor of working alongside other volunteers for the first time last Tuesday. I live near Detroit, Michigan and was visiting a friend in LA. We prepared a hardy lunch of lentil soup, salad, toasted bagels and chocolate milk. Doing a variety of tasks throughout the morning and circulating among the guests in the garden during lunch gave me a first look at the ministry of the soup kitchen. A visiting group from Seattle was doing pedicures. The presence of Dorthy Day could be felt in the camaradie of the volunteers. The picture of Fr. Dan Berrigan which greets volunteers reminded me of his joyful witness to the incarnation of peace and love in our troubled world. Thank you Catholic workers! You truly labor in the Lord’s vineyard.

  10. Catherine Kumar

    Such a great job you are doing – what a blessing it must be to the hundreds you bless every week. God Bless you and everyone who is involved!

  11. David b

    Greetings,

    You are an asset to our community is an understatement !

    Thank You

    Dave B

  12. William E.King

    L.A. Catholic Workers strive to emulate Christ. I’m a better person for having crossed their pathes.

  13. aimee peterson

    Hello,
    I was hoping to volunteer with a few folks on Jan 12 2013. Would a full day preparing and serving be 7:30am to 1ish? I will have 4 or more people with me, is there a limit to the number of volunteers you can accommodate?

    1. admin

      Greetings of peace, Aimee:

      You would have to call the house – 323-267-8789 – to see if the date is open. If no other group is scheduled then you are fine. However, if another group is already scheduled, then you will have to sign up on another date. Our limit for a group is five. Hours are 7:30 to 12:30. Blessings.

      Peace,

      Mike

  14. Octavio Gamboa

    Today, I observed the beauty of our humanity in different shades of color…. Blues blending with gold, green mixing with purple and yellow with a crimson red…. By this I mean the color of people’s vibrant souls shining and smiling at each other, caring to be kind, talking to one another in the magnificent light of the day… embracing each other with a generous kind touch…. gently stepping next to each other in word and deed as to bring in more warmth to the light of our humanity…. Glorious indeed to behold at the ‘Hippie Kitchen’ in spite of the national attention of hatred and animosity and injustice…. There is glory to be had….. when one truly bathes in the light of the majesty of our own beautiful humanity…. One just has to look…. And I am so grateful to be able to see this majestic view… so grateful!!

    Muchisimas Gracias….. for your loving hearts each and everyone of you!

    ‘Tavio

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