The soup kitchen began serving the downtown community on July 4, 1979. Originally called St. Anthony’s Bread for the Poor, the ministry was started by Mrs. Mary Korson. She and a few volunteers began by handing out sandwiches and water to people who would come to the door. Through the years more needy came and more volunteers became involved. The menu was expanded and a clothes closet was added. The name was changed in response to volunteers from a Franciscan lay ministry. The present St. Francis Soup Kitchen was formally the cafeteria of the Immaculate Conception School which closed many years ago. Mrs. Korson retired as director of the Kitchen after twenty years of dedicated service and Jim and Diane McVety assumed the co-director roles. We are still a completely volunteer mission and are blessed to have many who give their time, talent and treasure to serve.