Our Services & Programs serve
thousands of our neighbors in need.
Although Westchester is one of the wealthiest areas in the country, there are still persistent pockets of poverty throughout the county. 2,000 of our neighbors are homeless and 200,000 individuals will be hungry sometime during the coming year.
Lifting Up Westchester provides a comprehensive range of services to assist the most vulnerable men, women and children among us—and start each on their own unique path to self-sufficiency.
We operate the largest soup kitchen in White Plains and is the only soup kitchen where the hungry can regularly get a free meal every Monday through Friday, and on all major holidays throughout the year.
Grace’s Kitchen feeds 60-80 individuals daily.
Meals are served from 10:30 – 11:30 am every Monday through Friday.
Grace’s Kitchen first opened in the early 1970s, when parishioners of Grace Episcopal Church began providing soup and sandwiches to their hungry neighbors in the heart of White Plains. Today, the mission of Grace’s Kitchen remains to provide a free, nutritionally balanced, mid-morning meal to anyone in need. No one is turned away.
For those who need them, sandwiches or canned goods are available for take-home each day, and on Fridays, individuals are welcome to take enough food to last the weekend.
There is a common misconception that only the homeless and the mentally ill come to soup kitchens for meals. While that may have been true a few years ago, those lining up today are just as likely to be unemployed day laborers, retired persons, young men and women unable to find jobs, or recent immigrants who have jobs—but still can’t make ends meet.
“Besides the homeless, many of the individuals who line up for meals are seniors or the working poor. Some of them have two jobs and still can’t make ends meet, so they come here to get a hot meal and enjoy a little conversation. They’re not all men, either—women come as well, and sometimes children and entire families. Everyone is welcome.” —Maggie
This year, almost 20,000 meals will be served- including thousands of holiday meals served on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Presidents’ Day, Martin Luther King Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Grace’s Kitchen services extend beyond providing food to the hungry.
Our bilingual staff disseminates information about job openings and public assistance programs, while providing referrals to Lifting Up Westchester and other social service agencies—to help clients get back on their feet.
Grace’s Kitchen also provides donated clothing and toiletries to individuals on a regular basis. Every winter, warm clothing such as coats, hats and gloves are set out on a table in the parish hall and clients are invited to help themselves to anything they need.
Another less tangible, yet no less important benefit of Grace’s Kitchen is the companionship and compassion that its guests receive—in a safe, secure environment. Individuals who come to Grace’s Kitchen often stay after finishing their meal to chat with friends, and to enjoy the sense of camaraderie that is missing from so many of their lives.
Funding for Grace’s Kitchen is provided by donations from a wide variety of sources including community organizations, religious organizations, corporations, foundations, schools and individuals like you. No government funding is received.
Our Location & Hours of Operation:
Grace Church Parish Hall
33 Church Street
White Plains, NY 10601
M-F: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
914.948.3075 ext. 9310
How You Can Help
Donations of money and food are welcome—thank you in advance for your interest and generosity!
Volunteer assistance is needed in Grace’s Kitchen weekdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Volunteers are needed to help serve holiday meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
914.949.3098 x 9735