Our Mission

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.  DESK operates an Evening Meals program, offering a hot dinner and bagged lunches, as well as weekly Food Pantry and a Summer Backpack program.

Services We Provide

Evening Meals

DESK serves dinner and provides bag-lunches to individuals and families in need.*

Meal Schedule
Food Pantry

DESK operates a food pantry every Wednesday for those who need extra help bringing food home.

Pantry Schedule
Summer Kids Pantry

DESK delivers groceries to school-age children during the summer, when school meal are not available.

How You Can Help

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen relies on individual donors and grants from foundations in order to maintain the much-needed food programs it operates.

Individuals can make one-time contributions as well as recurring donations that will help to sustain and grow our efforts.

While it may not seem like much, a $10 donation can make a big difference in helping us to serve those in need.

If you have a dollar to spare or are interested in making DESK your primary philanthropic beneficiary, please click below.

Donate Today!
Our small staff relies on volunteers each day to be able to meet the needs of our clients. From meal prep and service to cleanup to food pantry administration, there are a number of ways for people and organizations to get involved.

We also provide an opportunity for those seeking to meet community service commitments to have a positive impact.

If you are interested in becoming a DESK volunteer, click here.

*Some meals are suspended during summer and Yale academic holidays.