Effective 4/15/20: Serving FREE TAKE OUT Lunches available at the side door. Bagged lunches served Mondays – Fridays: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.
No dinners or weekend meals will be served until further notice.

Location: 160 High Street, Elmira, NY (Saints Peter and Paul Church Community Center, near St. Joseph’s Hospital)
Contact: Kathy at 607.734.9784, ext. 2135


• If the Elmira City School District is closed because of ice/snow/other weather-related events, the Elmira Community Kitchen will be CLOSED and will not serve a meal that day.

• We will reopen the next day to serve our scheduled meal if schools are open.

• Please listen to the announcements about weather-related closings on local TV or radio before coming out to the Elmira Community Kitchen when the weather is snowy or icy.

• If it is already a school holiday/vacation when a snowstorm occurs, please check TV or radio for Kitchen closing information.

Since the Elmira Community Kitchen first opened its doors in 1981, kind and caring volunteers from local faith communities and organizations have prepared nourishing meals and offered a warm welcome to thousands of neighbors-in-need of all ages each year. In 2018, over 20,000 meals were served!

Our guests include families with children, low-wage working people, persons who are homeless, seniors, persons with disabilities. We have learned over the years that nutritious food and companionship at the table are equally important to human well-being and we offer both.soup-heatandeat-SNAP

Our doors remain open because you help us. We are deeply grateful! If you would like to make a secure donation online, click here. If you would prefer to mail your donation, please make checks payable to Catholic Charities (memo: Elmira Community Kitchen) and mail to 215 E. Church St, Elmira, NY 14901. Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!

treu_elmiraTreu Office Supply & Furniture (110 Lake St, Elmira) offers a way to help local neighbors-in-need. Treu’s has established a cartridge recycling project.  
Empty cartridges from both home and office printers can be dropped off at Treu’s. The cartridges are picked up by a recycler and refilled for resale. The recycler pays a small fee for each cartridge and Treu’s donates these funds (plus a matching amount they contribute!) to the Elmira Community Kitchen. Empty cartridges help fill plates at the Elmira Community Kitchen! 

WENY’s PSA for the Program

More than 200 volunteers from 25 local faith communities/organizations (like Rotary & Kiwanis) come to the Elmira Community Kitchen each month to prepare and serve the meals.

Over the years, we’ve learned how important a nutritious meal and companions at the table are to human well-being. Not too long ago, a young adult stopped in to volunteer. He told us that when he was a child, he and his Mom came often for meals and that “we saved them” – so he wanted to volunteer in gratitude!

We rely primarily on donations from the local community to pay the bills that keep the doors open. Thank you for welcoming and feeding our neighbors!