The Journey Home Begins At The Table

Meals have always played a pivotal role in our work. More than 40 years ago, we began as the “Peanut Butter Ministry,” offering sandwiches, coffee, and conversation to individuals experiencing homelessness in Chinatown. Today, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day to those residing in our shelters or on the streets. On average, our kitchen serves nearly 1,000 meals per day.

Gathering around the table for a meal together offers a moment of respite from life’s chaos. It also gives people a chance to forge a connection with case managers and shelter staff. The relationships we establish over a meal lead to opportunities that have ended homelessness for thousands of people each year.

Ways to Get Involved:

Serve a Meal

Three meals per day are prepared at our Sumner Men’s Shelter and served across our 10-shelter network. Help prepare and serve meals at the men’s shelter. This volunteer position is great for individuals or groups, as each shift accommodates up to 5 volunteers. Shifts are available 3 meals per day, 7 days per week. Individuals 12 years of age or older can serve in this role, but any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsor a Meal

Donate a pre-made meal, or help provide the ingredients for our Kitchen to prepare a meal. Suggestions for pre-made meals include sandwiches and chips/cookies, hamburgers, pizza, etc. We ask that meal donations are enough to feed at least 50 individuals.

LeaderServe: Lunch at Sumner Men’s

When: Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Who: Business, Political, and Community Leaders, with the option to include colleagues, friends, or family members. The kitchen can accommodate up to 5 volunteers (ages 12+) at one time.

Where: IHS Sumner Men’s Shelter (350 Sumner St.)

What: Volunteers will help prepare, plate, and serve meals to shelter guests. Volunteers can choose to stay longer and visit with shelter staff and/or guests.

Donate Today!

Support IHS’ Meal Program and other services through recurring or one-time donations. To learn more or donate visit