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. Our goal is to address their emergency needs and then start them on their own unique path to self-sufficiency.
Our soup kitchen, Grace's Kitchen, is the largest in White Plains and the only place 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
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 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 who need help to make their pay checks stretch.
“Some of the people who come to the soup kitchen have two jobs and still can’t make ends meet. 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.” —Ana
This year, almost 20,000 meals will be served. This includes 2,000 holiday meals provided 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 meals to the hungry.
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.
Charlie Bevier Homeless Outreach Team
Lifting up Westchester is the only agency in White Plains that provides outreach services to the chronically homeless. Our three-person Charlie Bevier Homeless Outreach Team operates from Grace’s Kitchen and provides daily case management services to help our clients become more self-sufficient.
Services provided include informal counseling, referrals to medical, mental health and substance abuse services, assistance with finding employment and housing, and dissemination of information about public assistance programs such as Medicaid, emergency heating assistance (HEAP), SSI for seniors etc. Clients are also sometimes accompanied to medical appointments.
Approximately 800 men and women are assisted annually.
Our Location & Hours of Operation:
Grace Church Parish Hall
33 Church Street
White Plains, NY 10601
M-F: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
To volunteer or make a donation,
914.949.3098 ext. 9735
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