For 20 years St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church supplied volunteers and most of the cash contributions to feed the hungry in the Belfast area. St. Francis became part of a cluster of churches (St. Brendan the Navigator Parish) in 2009 and financially could no longer support the operation of the soup kitchen.
The Belfast Soup Kitchen was formed as a 501(c)(3) – non profit in 2010. The original board members were community members who could not stand by and see people go hungry. From humble beginnings in the basement of the “Red & White” building, the surge in guests seeking food and comfort, dictated that a new, permanent home was needed to accommodate the demand. After three years of searching for a suitable space to rent or renovate, the Board of Directors concluded that the most efficient long-term solution was to build a new BSK home. In 2019, construction began on the new Belfast Soup Kitchen, located at 31 Belmont Ave in Belfast. In June of 2020, after experiencing some challenges and delays due to the pandemic, the Belfast Soup Kitchen opened its new building. It is the spirit of service that has continued to be the primary motivator for the growth of the soup kitchen and the organization over the past 13 years.
Today, the Belfast Soup Kitchen is the only full time operating soup kitchen and food pantry in Waldo County open 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year serving those in need across Waldo County.