From 2017 to 2019, Belfast Soup Kitchen increased the meals served from 14,000 to 21,000 and we had outgrown our rented space. We searched for an existing building to purchase and renovate but none were adequate to meet our needs. Fortunately, in response to a newspaper article in The Free Press, a community member came forth with a generous donation for the purchase of land located at 31 Belmont Avenue in Belfast that allowed us to move forward with our vision for a new 3500 square foot building.
One Step Closer
Thanks to a few generous donors, we were able to begin the planning and design of our new home in early 2019. We purchased land, obtained a grant for remediation and site development, received approval from the Belfast Planning Board and our architect 2A architects, llc designed the building to our functional specifications. Groundbreaking began in June 2019.
- Main seating area to accommodate 80+ guests at one seating
- Meeting room that seats 14 for training and other guest services
- Ergonomic commercial kitchen area with a commercial propane range, ventilation hood, and fire suppression system
- Large food storage room and external walk-in cooler and freezer
- Energy efficient and environmentally sustainable design
The new building was completed in June 2020 during the pandemic. Although we were unable to serve guests in our dining room until June 2021, we continued to provide services to our community. Now, our new home enables us to address the root causes of hunger and poverty with dignity and respect. It also allows us to:
- Expand our programs and services to combat hunger across Waldo County
- Increase partnership and collaboration with local organizations to provide greater access to community resources to support guests
- Improve community wellness through the offering of nutritious and fresh local foods
- Achieve financial sustainability in fulfillment of our mission
The Belfast Soup Kitchen is an anchor in our community that collaborates with other non-profit and service organizations to demonstrate that our community cares!