Community Soup Kitchen
84 Broadway
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 84 Broadway
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 624-4594 x
Fax 203-787-3206
E-mail soupkitchen@christchurchnh.org
Web and Social Media
 
Mission
The Community Soup Kitchen provides free, nutritious meals to anyone in need in downtown New Haven.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1984
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Peter O'Sullivan
Board Chair Mr. Michael Tortora
Board Chair Company Affiliation Admin
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $313,790.00
Projected Expenses $313,790.00
Statements
Mission The Community Soup Kitchen provides free, nutritious meals to anyone in need in downtown New Haven.
Background
Community Soup Kitchen has been in operation since 1977. In that time, we have provided over 1.9 million meals to the most needy people in New Haven.
Impact
Accomplishments:
  • In 2016 we provided over 72,444 meals between our 5 sites.
  • We have provided over 1.9 million meals since we began operation in 1977.
  • A nurse practitioner and a social worker from the Hill Health Center offer medical services to our guests  Moday and Thursday of each week. In 2016, they assisted 457 people at Community Soup Kitchen and gave away 33 flu shots on-site. 
  • An RN from Hill Health Center's homeless outreach program is here every Tuesday and Friday to advocate and trouble shoot the social services system for our most vulnerable guests.
  • Students from H.A.P.P.Y. (Hypertension Awareness Prevention Program at Yale) regularly offer blood pressure screenings at Community Soup Kitchen. 
  • Social workers from the VA Hospital who come in to offer assistance to homeless veterans.
Goals:
  • It is our greatest hope to go out of business due to irrelevancy but until that day we will serve healthy free meals fifty weeks a year to anyone who walks through our doors. 
Needs
  1. We always need food and kitchen supplies (paper goods, cleaning supplies).
  2. We always need coffee and tea
  3. We always are looking to raise more funds.
  4. We are always looking for ways to educate the public about services Community Soup Kitchen provides to the hungry.
CEO Statement
Community Soup Kitchen is the only agency that provides free, nutritious breakfast and lunch meals throughout the year on a regular basis.  We have been in operation since 1977. 
Board Chair Statement
Board Chair Statement
 
Since its founding in 1977, the mission of the Community Soup Kitchen has been to provide free, nutritious meals to the hungry of Greater New Haven. Through the exemplary leadership of Executive Director David O’Sullivan, his assistant Karen Comstock, cook Sherry Williams, dining room supervisor Robert “Poncho” Jackson, and our intern, Jonah Williams, CSK is able to provide not just those meals. Our patrons are able to access free blood pressure and HIV screenings, flu vaccines, and for those who served in the military, the opportunity to meet with representatives from the VA that visit regularly. In order to continue our mission, we rely on the generous support of our volunteers and benefactors: individuals, businesses, and others that give generously of their time and resources to help keep our doors open and patrons provided for. The financial support we receive from the Community Foundation is critical to our ongoing operation: the nature of philanthropy is changing, and younger generations have not yet come to appreciate the joy of sharing their resources with those less fortunate. The individuals who have so generously supported CSK’s mission over the years are fading away, which means the support of the Community Foundation has become all the more critical for us to continue our work. Our work will only continue to grow: While some news reports indicate that unemployment is improving, as is the economy, the numbers of meals we serve would indicate otherwise. CSK served 71,126 meals in 2015; 72,444 in 2016; and if our activity to-date is an accurate bellwether, 2017 is looking to surpass 2016 by a considerable margin. CSK’s Board of Directors, along with our staff, are incredibly proud of and thankful for what we are able to accomplish over the past 40 years. Through careful stewardship of our benefactors’ resources, we have been able to continually fulfill that mission. But those resources are limited and growing ever more so; it is only through the continued generosity of the Community Foundation and others that we will be able to serve the community for another 40 years.
 
Michael G Tortora
Board President
 
 
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Congregate Meals
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building /
Areas Served
New Haven
Many of our guests live within walking distance of the Kitchen. We primarily serve the downtown, lower Dixwell, lower Whalley and Dwight Street neighborhoods of New Haven. However, we do have some guests from throughout the greater New Haven area. In the past few years, we have noticed more guests coming from further distances, such as Waterbury 
Programs
Description
Community Soup Kitchen provides lunch four days a week in our dining room in the parish house of Christ Church Parish, which is located at 84 Broadway in New Haven.
Population Served Homeless / Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Our short-term success is to provide free nutritious meals to everyone who comes in our door. We have never had to turn anyone away for lack of food.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Our ultimate success would be to go out of business for lack of work, until then we will continue to feed everyone who comes to our door.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Our Board of Directors monitors and evaluates the success of the soup kitchen on the following criteria:
  • The reliablity of our services to the hungry.
  • The quality of the meals we serve.
  • Our ability to provide this service on a very limited budget.
  • Our relationship with the community that supports us.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
In 2009, we provided 67,396 meals with expenses of $299,532 and ended the year with a surplus of $30,852.
Description
Community Soup Kitchen works with three other churches, Saint Martin De Porres, Saint Luke's & Saint Paul's UAME to provide breakfast 4 days a week.
Population Served Homeless / Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Our short-term success is to provide free nutritious meals to everyone who comes in our door. We have never had to turn anyone away for lack of food.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Our ultimate success would be to go out of business for lack of work, until then we will continue to feed everyone who comes to our door.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Our Board of Directors monitors and evaluates the success of the soup kitchen on the following criteria:

  • The reliablity of our services to the hungry.
  • The quality of the meals we serve.
  • Our ability to provide this service on a very limited budget.
  • Our relationship with the community that supports us.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In 2009, we provided 67,396 meals with expenses of $299,532 and ended the year with a surplus of $30,852.

Description
Community Soup Kitchen works with Saint Luke's Parish to provide lunch to Women & Children on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Population Served Homeless / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Females
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

 

Our short-term success is to provide free nutritious meals to everyone who comes in our door. We have never had to turn anyone away for lack of food.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Our ultimate success would be to go out of business for lack of work, until then we will continue to feed everyone who comes to our door.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Our Board of Directors monitors and evaluates the success of the soup kitchen on the following criteria:

  • The reliablity of our services to the hungry.
  • The quality of the meals we serve.
  • Our ability to provide this service on a very limited budget.
  • Our relationship with the community that supports us.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In 2009, we provided 67,396 meals with expenses of $299,532 and ended the year with a surplus of $30,852.

Program Comments
CEO Comments
In a December 2015 letter to the New Haven Register outgoing board president David Crotta wrote:
 Letter to the editor: Extending gratitude to Community Soup Kitchen’s benefactors

The scourge of homelessness grows more prevalent in our community; too many of our neighbors lack food, shelter, warmth and, more important, compassion. Soup kitchens and shelters strive to meet rising needs, straining budgets and raising concern about how the needs of those we serve can be met. We cannot dismiss our neighbor’s needs as troubles without solution, and so simply look away. As Francis asks, “Who am I to judge?” In fact, the difficulties so many of our neighbors experience are too deeply rooted to permit easy characterization: At bottom, there is fear and loss. Yet in this season of joy, there is indeed light and hope!

 

 

These past weeks have seen an outpouring of neighborly good will and heartfelt generosity borne of genuine love for the benefit of the mission at Community Soup Kitchen (CSK) on Broadway, beginning with what has become Christie’s annual, hugely successful gathering of good fellowship, food and spirts — high and otherwise — followed by another evening of good food and company sponsored by Anna Liffey’s and culminating magnificently this past Dec. 17, by the glorious music of the New Haven Symphony’s 4th riotously joyous Christmas benefit concert at Woolsey Hall.

 

 

Truly the three gifts of the Magi of which St. Matthew speaks pale in comparison to the gifts of CSK’s three great friends, increased by those of a fourth — Christ Church at Broadway, which has sheltered CSK for more than a quarter century. Indeed, the treasures which CSK’s great friends have given are the fruit of their members’ dedicated collaboration, profound understanding and magnificent compassion. That CSK’s institutional friends, acting with such vigor through their devoted members, can come together with such unabashed joy to share a vision of love, hope and service implemented through practical resolve and manifest in material good gives new life to the ancient feast of Christmas, bringing light both to those whose experience is often otherwise and so to us all. As president of CSK, I extend my deepest gratitude to all of CSK’s benefactors, whose efforts give glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth bring his peace to all men of good will. Merry Christmas!

 

 

— David J. Crotta, Jr. New Haven President, Community Soup Kitchen

 
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. David Peter O'Sullivan
Term Start Feb 1987
Email soupkitchen@christchurchnh.org
Experience
David O'Sullivan has been our Executive Director for 29 years. He is also Co-Chair of the Greater New Haven Emergency Food Council and President of the "New Haven Cares" voucher program. He is a graduate of Dean Junior College and the University of Connecticut's Radcliff Hicks School of Agriculture.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Cook
Experience/Biography Sherry has been with CSK for two years.
Title Dining Room Supervisor
Experience/Biography Robert has been with CSK for 6 months.
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Community Soup Kitchen works closely with our associates at our three breakfast sites:, Saint Martin DePorres, Saint Luke's, Saint Pauls United American Methodist and with WHEAT in West Haven. We share resources with the Sunrise Cafe at Chapel and Olive streets. 
 
In 2014, we worked with Loaves & Fishes food pantry and FISH of Greater New Haven on a collaborative fundraiser based upon the Great Irish Famine. 
Board Chair
Mr. Michael Tortora
Company Affiliation Admin
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Burton Alter
Roger Astmann Community Volunteer
Dr John Aversa Community Volunteer
Barry Buxbaum retired
Mr David Crotta Attorney
Karen Downer Doyle Community Volunteer
John Doyle Community Volunteer
Laura Esparao Community Volunteer
Robert Goossens Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Greenidge Community Volunteer
David Hambleton Retired
Richard Hibbard Community Volunteer
Rev Stephen Holton Rector Christ Church
Vickie Navin Community Volunteer
Mr Brian Obremski Financial Advisor
James Onofrio
Anne Peterson
Thelma Ragsdale
Ms Susan Redente Thompson & Peck
J Phillip Smith Community Volunteer
Charles Smith Community Volunteer
Susan Stone Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Unspecified 1
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Directors and Officers Policy
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Standing Committees
Nominating
Finance
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Human Resources / Personnel
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Lucille Alderman Community Volunteer
Howard Brown Community Volunteer
Debra Camputaro Community Volunteer
Dr. Anne Capecelatro Community Volunteer
Anne Cheney Community Volunteer
Carla D'Orio Community Volunteer
Frana Dupree Community Volunteer
Rev Skip Ferry Community Volunteer
Tim Washington Community Volunteer
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $313,790.00
Projected Expenses $313,790.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
CSK 9902015
CSK 9902014
CSK 9902013
CSK 9902012
CSK 9902011
CSK 9902010
CSK 9902009
CSK 9902008
Audit Documents
Audit 20152015
Audit 20142014
Audit 20132013
Audit 20122012
Audit 20112011
Audit2010
Audit092009
IRS Letter of Exemption
irs 501 c3
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Annual Report2016View
Annual Report2015View
Annual Report2014View
Annual Report2013View
Annual Report2012View
Annual report2011View
Annual Report2010View
Annual Report2009View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$480,615$313,289$322,635
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$34,598$9,205$9,737
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$29,598$32,380$40,257
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$484,321$337,289$344,612
Administration Expense$21,395$21,484$20,694
Fundraising Expense$4,607$4,546$4,051
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.981.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%93%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$464,994$459,176$463,118
Current Assets$131,922$127,282$144,310
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$3,719$3,738$3,943
Total Net Assets$461,275$455,438$459,175
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountStop & Shop Supermarket $40,000United Way of Greater New Haven $38,288United Way of Greater New Haven $19,308
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPannera Bread $30,000NewAlliance Foundation $12,500Ferraro's Market $15,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $23,427Stop & Shop Supermarket $12,125NewAlliance Foundation $15,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities35.4734.0536.60
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments All dividends from the endowment are to be reinvested back into the endowment until further notice.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 84 Broadway
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 624-4594
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Peter O'Sullivan
Board Chair Mr. Michael Tortora
Board Chair Company Affiliation Admin

 

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