Our Mission

Our mission is to provide food, clothing, counseling and educational services for anyone in need in Port Chester, NY and the surrounding area.  We show respect for the dignity of each individual who seeks our assistance, with the goal of developing personal, economic and social opportunity for all those we serve.

Our History

Caritas of Portchester, Inc. became incorporated as a 501 (c)3 organization in 2012, however, our programs were first offered almost 20 years ago.

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1995

Volunteers from Holy Rosary Church begin a Soup and Sandwich Supper program once a week.   A Brown Bag supplemental food program begins to serve families in need.

2003

The Soup Kitchen opens, providing hot breakfast and lunch weekdays.

2004

Conversational English classes are offered to immigrants, to help them assimilate into the American Culture.

2006

Volunteers start Open Closet, a free clothing distribution service. Emergency Services program is established to address needs of single mothers seeking assistance with rent, utilities and medicine costs.

2012

All programs are gathered into one 501(c)(3), under one administration, and named Caritas of Port Chester, Inc.

2015

Choice Pantry replaces Brown Bag pantry , offering a much wider selection of food for up to 4 days per family member per month.

2016

Caritas relocates to the center of the village to provide services to a larger segment of the underserved community.  Don Bosco Community Center begins offering meals and pantry in our old location.  Local Middle School Spanish Classes begin participating in Wednesday pantry distributions to practice language skills.

2017

Caritas expands its Food Recovery Program to incorporate salvaged produce and fruit from retailers into its pantry and kitchen, and implements Group Volunteer opportunities for schools and corporations.  Local Farms come on board to offer farm-fresh produce throughout the season.

2018

Take-out Meals offered for lunch and dinner to accommodate working families and seniors. Choice Pantry expands monthly offering to 6 days of meals per family member.

2019

Culinary Partnership Program begins with The Reach Academy and BOCES Culinary School with students preparing soups, entrees and side dishes from recovered and donated food.

Our Success

Since we opened our doors, Caritas has helped more than 300,000 people! With your continued support, we strive to improve our feeding programs and increase number of people we feed each day. In the past 12 months we have been able to lower our costs by sourcing new food donations to meet the growing demand, compost our food waste to do our part in sustaining our environment and we actively engaged with 12 schools, speaking to over 500 students about the hunger issue in our community!

Featured below are a few of our current highlights:

497,171

MEALS SERVED

1,129,656

PANTRY MEALS PROVIDED

369,236

POUNDS OF FOOD RECOVERED

300

VOLUNTEERS

Our Team

Our Board of Directors

Needs of the Community

From 2013 to 2017, we have seen a shift in the makeup of the population with respect to those living in poverty. Based on the most recently available demographics, the number of people currently living below the poverty line in our area is 10 times greater than the number we feed through our kitchen and four times larger than those who receive fresh produce and protein from our food pantry.

We have come to realize that our reach still falls far short of the community’s need Our feeding programs now provide an equivalent of 16,767 meals a month. Help us feed more. Our goal for 2020 is 240,000 meals.

Get Involved

Sous Chef

Do you like working in the kitchen preparing meals?  Have we got a fun assignment for you!

Our Sous Chefs are volunteers who love to prepare and serve delicious food.

They devote four hours (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) once or twice a month working with our amazing cook and kitchen staff to prepare and serve lunches at our Soup Kitchen’s Community Dining Facility right here in Port Chester.

You can even sign up with a friend and work as a team!  You can give us the contact info when we call you!

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Pantry Volunteer

Twice a week we roll out the racks and stock the shelves with a healthy variety of groceries, produce, meats, eggs and fish.  Our volunteers assist in setting up the pantry before escorting our clients down the aisles.  Clients get to choose from a selection of Grains, Vegetables, Dairy, Proteins, Fruits, Soups, Fats & Oils, and Miscellaneous items.

It’s fun.  It’s personal. And it is immensely rewarding for all.

Why not give it a try?

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Internships

Caritas of Port Chester offers volunteer internship programs for high school and college students. Each position requires a minimum two-week  commitment and teams may include up to six people.

While working with Caritas, the variety of intern objectives include: learning how to operate a non-profit organization; and learning all aspects of a community dining facility (soup kitchen) and choice food pantry. At the end of each two-week program, interns will participate in a team self-evaluation and critiquing session before being awarded a certificate of completion. In addition to community service credits, student interns will obtain practical business experience which we hope will help them in their future careers.

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Group Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to do something meaningful within the community with a bunch of friends, coworkers or classmates?

We will work with you to arrange a group volunteer event for up to 30 people engaging in a variety of support and service roles, ensuring that everyone has a chance to interact with our clientele.

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Their Words Keep Us Going

ServicesDuring the Coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended our community dining and pantry hours, but are delivering food to the Salvation Army for delivery and to the Carver Center for distribution.  We hope to resume with normal hours soon.

Dining Room


Presently observing orders to reduce contact, so we will not be serving meals in our dining room.  We are preparing meals for delivery with groceries.  See pantry.

Food Pantry


Carver Center - Monday, Wednesday, Friday2pm-5pm Salvation Army DeliveriesMonday - Wednesday morningsSign up for delivery at (914) 294-4440

Emergency & Clothing Needs


Call the office for any needMonday - Friday8:00am - 12:00pm

Contact Us

19 Smith St P.O. Box 682, Port Chester, New York 10573 | (914) 305-3967
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