The soup kitchen was founded by two Roman Catholic nuns in 1993 and it was called Mary’s Song. They eventually decided to move on to other ministries, and in 1998, they dissolved their corporation and transferred the assets and responsibilities to St. Mary’s Caring. We are a community based non-profit, not affiliated with any other organization.
Our primary mission is to serve breakfast and lunch, free of charge, Monday through
Feed the Families – During the summer break, we provide groceries to the neediest families at Lexington Park, George Washington Carver, and Park Hall elementary schools. During the summer of 2017, we provided weekly groceries for 176 individuals, 124 of whom were children.
Summer Shine Dinners – Targeting the neediest families at our local schools, as well as anyone else in need, we serve an evening meal each Monday and Thursday when schools are closed for summer break. We provided free dinners for more than 1,500 people in 2017.
Thanksgiving Baskets -Each year, we provide 100 families with the food to prepare an entire Thanksgiving dinner.
Number Of Meals Served
In 2017, we provided nearly 39,000 free meals.
Whom We Serve
St. Mary’s Caring serves men, women and children, ranging from infants to octogenarians. Our patrons are the unemployed, the working poor, the disabled, the elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, in addition to anyone who may be going through a tough time.
We have a volunteer Board of Directors, one part time staff member and about 100 regular volunteers.