Upcoming Events

Capuchin Christmas Cheer logo

You can help make Christmas brighter for guests of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and their families. This year, we're launching the Capuchin Christmas Cheer drive. We'll be handing out Christmas stockings filled with goodies like snacks, warm clothing, coloring books and more to guests at our two meal program sites. You can help us stuff the stockings by purchasing items from our Amazon wish list for delivery to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Show you care this holiday season by spreading Christmas cheer among your neighbors facing challenging circumstances around the holidays.

Amazon wishlist

Thank you for helping us to empower local families!


Rosa Parks Youth Program School Supply logo graphic

You can help a student achieve this school year by making a donation to the annual Rosa Parks Youth Program school supply drive!

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Rosa Parks Youth Program along with Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is collecting school supplies between now and August 24 in an effort to help students achieve academic excellence. You can help by purchasing supplies from our Amazon Back-to-School Drive wishlist:

Thank you for helping us to empower local families!

Thank you ahead of time to the members and directors of the Detroit Regional Relocation Council for considering a gift to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

Since 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has offered hospitality, compassion and a warm meal to those suffering through challenging circumstances. As the Capuchin friars and their partners in ministry work to attend simply and directly to spiritual and other basic needs, we offer our gratitude for joining us in this work by making a gift.

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen does this work through seven programs at five locations:

  • Meal program sites at our Meldrum Kitchen and Conner Kitchen
  • Capuchin Services Center food pantry and clothing distribution program
  • Jefferson House CARF-accredited residential substance use disorder treatment program for men
  • On the Rise Bakery and Cafe providing work experience and job training to men recovering from addiction or returning from incarceration
  • Rosa Parks Youth Program providing after-school tutoring and art classes for Detroit youth
  • Earthworks Urban Farm, a 1.5-acre USDA-certified urban agriculture program providing education and training opportunities, while supplying fresh produce to our meal sites

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

As you perhaps have expected, we have decided not to hold 2021 Buddy’s Slice for Life, out of concern for public safety. As we all do our best to limit the spread of COVID-19, we find ourselves in a position of making unhappy sacrifices. This is one of those. We will miss the fun we have all shared in years past.

But while safety comes first, the cause of helping people in need is something we cannot ignore. Proceeds from Buddy’s Slice for Life help serve the many people who participate each day in the numerous programs and services offered by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. That’s why we are asking you to support our Slice for Life event in spirit by making a donation for our ministry here at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. We cannot gather together this time around, but we can continue to ensure what money you send us goes toward helping people in need at this trying time.

Next year we hope we can continue the “Slice for Life” event with Buddy’s in the traditional manner we all know and love so well.

We thank God ahead of time for your support.

Thank you for your support of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Your donation through the telethon helps fund our seven programs at five sites in Detroit:
  • Meldrum Meal Program
  • Conner Meal Program
  • Capuchin Services Center clothing and food distribution
  • Jefferson House residential substance use disorder treatment center
  • On the Rise Bakery and Cafe providing residential workforce training for men returning from incarceration
  • Rosa Parks Youth Program art therapy and tutoring
  • Earthworks Urban Farm

The following information reflects the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 related adjustments to programs, services, protocols and hours of operation at Capuchin Soup Kitchen sites.

Capuchin Soup Kitchen - Meldrum Meal Site

1264 Meldrum Street
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 579-2100

Capuchin Soup Kitchen - Conner Meal Site

4390 Conner Street
Detroit, MI 48217
(313) 822-8606

Capuchin Services Center

6333 Medbury Street
Detroit, MI 48211
(313) 925-0514

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays through Fridays. Those seeking food are asked to make an appointment by calling (313) 925-0514. We ask that in-kind donations, such as clothing, not be brought until further notice in order to cut down on travel and traffic. Our social workers will be available.

Earthworks Urban Farm

1264 Meldrum Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Jefferson House

8311 E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI
(313) 331-8900

Rosa Parks Children's Program

4390 Conner Street
Detroit, MI 48217

On the Rise Bakery and Cafe

8900 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48213
(313) 922-8510

Many people have been asking how they might help us help others at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, as we are serving people who have recently lost their jobs, in addition to those we normally serve. For everyone's safety, we've canceled all of our in-person fundraisers, including our largest fundraiser of the year, the annual SOCK Dinner held at TCF Center in September. We ask you to be safe, and to consider others with love and kindness during this difficult time. 

Now through June 1, 2020, The Bollinger Foundation will match every donation made to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000! Help the Capuchin Soup Kitchen provide meals, social work services and kindness to metro Detroit residents during these difficult times.


Since 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has been serving the people of Detroit, offering a hot meal and joyful hospitality in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Will you partner with us to fulfill our mission of attending simply and directly to the needs of those who are struggling with poverty, homelessness and hunger?


Since 1929, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has provided food and clothing to people in need. Serving up to 2,000 meals a day, we depend on people like you. Will you help us? Or if you prefer, please mail your check to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207. We thank you.


The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is registered a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

A gift to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen helps feed bodies, nourish spirits and strengthen communities.


The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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Dear Capuchin Soup Kitchen Supporter,

Although I’m not a parent, I have loads of respect for those who raise, teach, and coach young people in our society.

Helping mentor and support kids who are at risk is just another aspect the ministries of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in which you so generously share. As you well know, we’re much more than just “soup.”

Hope is also on the menu here. I’d like to introduce you to a very special woman who has been serving up “hope” to neighborhood kids for nearly twenty years now.


Summer Peace Camp Video

Support the Rosa Parks Children's Program

Sister Nancyann Turner is member of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. Dominicans are considered “cousins” to the Capuchin Franciscans because Saint Dominic and Saint Francis founded their communities about the same time in the thirteenth century to walk with and serve people facing poverty and difficult circumstances.

Sister Nancyann became a part of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen staff in 1999 with a burning desire to walk with people who were struggling and to be the change she wanted to see in the city. She came with many years of teaching experience and as a certified art therapist.

She proposed that we open our Capuchin Soup Kitchen Conner site doors to neighborhood boys and girls. She envisioned a safe gathering place where they could play, learn and be nurtured without fear of the city violence and poverty that surrounded them. 

This was the was the start of the Rosa Parks Children’s Program. A space was prepared, volunteers came forward, but no kids.

That’s when Sister Nancyann showed her fighting spirit and holy determination. She began walking the east-side neighborhood near the soup kitchen. She knocked on doors, and met young, single mothers and older struggling grandmothers raising little ones on next to no money.

Sister Nancyann asked the key question, “What do your kids need?”

And from their heartfelt responses, she began to build The Rosa Parks Children’s program. A children’s library began to be formed. Programs for tutoring and art therapy were set up.

Art Therapy programs were developed to help children and youth deal with emotional problems and build self-esteem. All the programs help the children expand their creativity. Our tutoring activities support the kids’ academic progress, and the conflict resolution training encourages the kids to deal with adversity in creative and peaceful ways.

Here every child knows they are loved, accepted and brimming with potential for success. Here every child is safe, respected and cherished.

Will you please support the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and especially these children who share in our Rosa Parks Children’s Program?

Sister Nancyann has great plans for them this summer, including a three week “Peace Camp”, a young leadership camp and many fun and educational field trips.

The children’s Peace Garden continues throughout the summer. These city kids love playing gardener and even farmer, helping to sow seeds and nurture them to full growth and maturity.

Their garden is a wonderful metaphor for Rosa Parks Children’s Program, I think. All of us can help nurture children, especially those who have been planted in difficult situations through no fault of their own. 

It takes a loving community to protect, nurture and raise up healthy, kind and giving children, especially kids being raised in poverty and sometimes in fear. This ministry is a great sign of hope for the future of our community. I can see that in the smiling faces of dozens of children welcomed here day after day by Sister Nancyann and her team.

Will you join Sister Nancyann, the rest of our dedicated staff and volunteers, and give generously to help support our kids?

Together, through our ministries like The Rosa Parks Children’s Program, we are feeding young bodies, nourishing souls, and strengthening communities in the heart of this great city.

For the many kids, along with their parents, who participate in our Rosa Parks Children’s program, this can give them the tools to reach their potential and support their dreams.

I’m so happy to introduce you to Sr. Nancyann and the great program she helped begin and has sustained for nearly twenty years.


I’m deeply grateful for your time and may God’s peace and blessings be with you,

Br. Jerry Johnson, OFM Cap. Director

Each and every gift, no matter the size, will support the kids with their dreams and goals! Thank you for your kindness! 

Support the Rosa Parks Children's Program

In 2017, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen served over 560,000 individuals in total through our kitchens, food pantry and shower program. We thank all of you for your dedicated support of our ministry. Learn about different ways to support us.

Meldrum Kitchen

We served 171,410 meals last year at this location. Approximately 600 meals a day are served at the Meldrum Kitchen. Our Meldrum guests are typically male, experiencing homelessness or in unstable housing, often diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance abuse addiction.

We provided an opportunity for 5,960 individuals to receive a shower last year at this location. Our facility provides showers and a change of clothing for about 23 people each day to give those in need a fresh focus and an increased sense of dignity and self-worth.

Conner Kitchen

We served 328,140 meals last year at this location. Approximately 1,100 meals a day are served at the Conner Kitchen to working families and seniors. As many as one-third of its meals are served to children 12 and under. 


Service Center

We provided 2,589,751 pounds of food last year to our Detroit neighbors. The food pantry serves about 200 people per day, many of which represent households, which amounts to about 10,000 pounds of food every day. The Service Center features a 'shoppers' choice' food pantry to resemble a small grocery store, complete with reach-in freezers and coolers, vegetable and fruit islands, bread and pastry racks.  

Thank you so very much for your interest in hosting an event benefiting the Capuchins. We will contact you within three business days regarding your event request.

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Sorry, there was a problem completing your transaction. Please try again or call 313-579-2100 ext. 1152 for additional assistance.

Thank you for your generous support! We appreciate your patience as we process your gift. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call 313-579-2100 ext. 1150. We will follow up with you within 24 hours. Again, thank you for your generous support our Capuchin Ministries.

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Blessings to you,

Br. Jerry Johnson, OFM Cap., Executive Director, Capuchin Soup Kitchen


The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Saturday, June 10

Party begins at 7:30 PM

Location: Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

You’re invited to kick up yer heels for one rootin’ tootin’ evenin’ under the stars. We promise a grand ol’ time, so round up your posse and mosey on down to enjoy live entertainment and surprises throughout the night…yee haw!

Dressy summer attire is suggested. All are welcome to attend who are 21 years of age or older and admission is complimentary. Valet and complimentary self-parking are available.

Food and cocktails will be available for purchase throughout the park. A spectacular fireworks presentation will commence at 10:30 PM followed by the raffle. 


Enjoy Fifty Amp Fuse, Sun Messengers, Bill Bynum & Co. Bluegrass, and DJ Prevu with Live Percussionist Jared Sykes.


Extraordinary raffle prizes valued at over $30,000. Drawing immediately following fireworks. Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased in advance.

Capuchin Souper Summer Celebration XXXVI raffle tickets cost $1 each and are now available! To purchase tickets, call 313-939-2001 or email Events@thecapuchins.org You need not be present to win.

See you Saturday, June 10, 7:30 PM, at Comerica Park.
- The Ahee Family & the Capuchin Friars

Download the Raffle Ticket Order Form

2017 Capuchin Prize List
(Total valued over $30,000) 

1st Prize
Ladies 31mm stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Rolex Datejust watch.

Retail $11,650

2nd Prize
Ladies 13mm black Tahitian pearl and 18k white gold necklace.

Retail $9,250

3rd Prize
David Yurman Chatelaine Collection Hampton blue topaz and diamond necklace in silver.

Retail $2,720

4th Prize
Roberto Coin Princess Collection diamond earrings in 18k white gold.

Retail $2,700

5th Prize
Gents stainless steel Tag Heuer Formula One watch.

Retail $1,950

6th Prize
Ippolita Rock Candy Collection bronzed turquoise earrings in silver.

Retail $995

7th Prize
Gents stainless steel Shinola Runwell Collection watch.

Retail $750

Winner is responsible for all tax liability.

License Number: R41692

Proceeds of the Bonanza Barrel Raffle help serve the many people who participate each day in the numerous programs and services offered by the Soup Kitchen. In fact, raffle winners and ALL who participate win the satisfaction of knowing that they have contributed to a great cause.

$24,075 in Cash Prizes 

REMEMBER: Every $30 ticket you purchase will be entered into ALL 120 drawings!
28 weekly drawings for prizes of $200, $150, $125 and $125
  •  April 26
  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17
  • May 24
  • June 7
  • June 14
  • June 21
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • July 19
  • July 26
  • August 9
  • August 16
  • August 23
  • August 30
  • September 13
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 4
  • October 11
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1
  • November 8
  • November 15
  • November 22
  • November 29

BONUS DRAWING for prizes of $500, $250, $150 and $125  August 2

GRAND DRAWING for $5,000, two prizes of $500, and one of $250 December 6


Drawings to be held on designated dates at 1:00 PM Eastern Time in the St. Joseph Center at 1820 Mt. Elliott St.; Detroit, MI 48207. Need not be present to win. All winning tickets will be returned to the barrel for further chances to be drawn in subsequent drawings.

To purchase tickets, please call 313-579-2100 extension 1159.


Raffle license number: C29779

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