In 1994, members of the Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ recognized the need for local outreach to members of the community who were faced with hunger. As a result, the congregation, with the support of the Interfaith Nutrition Network, created the soup kitchen to provide a hot nutritious meal every Tuesday night to anyone in need. Originally named Having Friends INN, in 2017 we became an independent soup kitchen named Sharing a Meal. Since 1994, parishioners from St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church, St John’s Lutheran Church, Bayport Methodist Church, Sayville Methodist Church and individual members of the community have joined the volunteer staff of Sharing a Meal. Now serving dinner Monday through Thursday, Sharing a Meal remains dedicated to serving those who are less fortunate in the greater Sayville community
The purpose of Sharing a Meal is to provide a hot nutritious meal to any individual or family in our community who is in need of one. Our volunteers treat every guest with kindness, dignity and respect in a warm welcoming atmosphere. Sometimes a warm smile and a kind word, mean as much as a hot meal. Sharing a Meal serves over 10,000 meals annually to those in need in our community.
Sharing a Meal is a 501(C) (3) charitable organization. Contributions to Sharing a Meal are tax deductible as allowed by law.