Meet Chef Jeremiah Rufini, Executive Chef & 

Meals Program Coordinator

Jeremiah came to St. Vincent de Paul Middletown over ten years ago, having previously cooked for country clubs, restaurants and banquet halls.  In that time, he has  advanced the cause of healthy meals, being careful with excess sugar, fats and salt.  During the COVID era, our small kitchen turned out as many as 700 meals per day, keeping the community fed when everyone else closed their doors. Contact Jeremiah for Community Service, for volunteer opportunities, donations and any inquiries about the soup kitchen at 860-344-0097, ext. 115, or email him at

Meet Emily Harrison, Head Dining Room Manager

Ten years ago, Emily was a regular guest in our dining room.  With lived experience and some exceptional kitchen skills, she is now our back-up chef and our Head Dining Room Manager.  For information about our after-hours recovery programs in our soup kitchen space, Contact Emily at, or by calling 860-344-0097 x115!

How to Donate Food to the Soup Kitchen

Located at 617 Main Street in Middletown, we prepare and serve fresh, healthy meals every day to those in need.  We can use things like:

  • Fresh Produce: apples, bananas, oranges, any fresh fruit you like! Also lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers for our salad bar!

  • Butter, Cream cheese, yogurts, cottage cheese in large containers are all great!!

  • Deli Meats and Cheese

  • Family or larger sizes of Ranch or Italian Dressing, olive oil and fresh garlic.

Donations can be dropped off anytime between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM on weekdays and Saturdays.  The kitchen door is accessed from the driveway on the right side of the building.  Alternatively, there is a designated Drop Off parking spot in the front of the building and someone can assist if needed.

Soup Kitchen Volunteer Opportunities

There are 2-STEPS to get started as a volunteer:

  1)  Click the Register to Volunteer button below.  Fill out the quick, on-line application. Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with your user name and password.

2)  Already Registered with a user name and password?  Click the See Volunteer Opportunities button below to see available shifts, and schedule yourself!  It’s that easy!