The Soup Kitchen
at St. Barnabas
Our mission is to feed the hungry of Yamhill County, treat our guests with the dignity and love that we would a guest in our own home, and provide others the opportunity to serve.
We are an equal Opportunity Provider. Photos shot pre-COVID.
We are serving to-go meals behind the church, in front of the doors to the soup kitchen. A hand-washing station is located there, also.
No entering the soup kitchen or the church
No meals without washing hands
Observe 6 foot social distancing
Volunteers will wear masks and gloves.
For your convenience, monetary donations may be made using Square or PayPal. If you prefer to send a check, address it to P.O. Box 539, McMinnville, Oregon 97128.
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How is the Ministry Supported?
St. Barnabas Episcopal Parish is the principal sponsor. We are under its 501(c)3 umbrella. However without the generous offerings of time, talent and treasure from the community and specific grants, we could not continue to fulfill our mission to feed the hungry. Our volunteers come from the local community.
We accept donations of food from local farmers and businesses. Because we are a meal ministry rather than a food bank or pantry, we cannot accept food unless it is of a quantity that can be used to prepare one of our meals.
For individuals and groups interested in fundraising projects to benefit the soup kitchen, download our fundraising guide to see how you can help!
How Else Can I Help?
Our sole employee (our operations/food manager), our volunteers, board, executive director, kitchen staff and clean-up crew come from the parish, other local churches, schools and service groups.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas at 503-472-3711 or email the Soup Kitchen here.
Interested in volunteering? Please download, fill out and email the PDF form here.
Due to COVID restrictions, we are not currently accepting volunteers. Please use the email link if you are interested in adding your name to our volunteers list.
Who Are We?
The Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas is the community outreach feeding meals ministry of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in McMinnville, Oregon (Diocese of Western Oregon) and a designated Jubilee Ministry of The Episcopal Church. We are an equal Opportunity Provider. We do not proselytize any guests. Our only requirement is that guests refrain from illegal activity on the premises and behave appropriately toward each other, the Operations Manager, and our volunteers.
We opened the doors to our Parish Hall in March of 1990 and welcomed, without conditions, those whom we are called to serve - "I was hungry and you fed me" (Matthew 25). Some of those we serve appear to be homeless. Most are families, teens, and the elderly struggling to stretch a limited income. All want to be respected and accepted.
Our guests are served restaurant-style from an ever-changing menu of delicious and nutritious food.
How Are We Impacting the Community?
Since the first day it opened, the Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas has been a reliable source of food for the hungry and has never wavered from its mission to unconditionally feed the hungry in our community. The ministry has grown to meet the needs of those we serve. The Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas now provides meals five days a week.
In a typical month, the average number of guests served is just over 100 per day. Toward the end of a month, when money is short for many folks, the number often swells to over 200 per day. On some occasions, we've served over 300 meals in a single sitting!
It's Not Just About the Food
The welcoming, respectful and accepting atmosphere we have created over the years has allowed our guests to develop a community with one another. Lives have been changed. More and more, we've come to realize that what we do in this place is about more than simply providing a meal. The Soup Kitchen @ St. Barnabas: It's not just about the food!