University Community Social Services

Cause Area

  • Crisis Support
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Hunger
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors


PO BOX 20930137 East 2nd StreetNEW YORK, NY 10009 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We serve a wholesome, freshly made meal each Saturday - one that we are happy to eat ourselves - in a respectful atmosphere to anyone who comes through our doors, no questions asked. We provide a welcoming place of respite for our guests and offer vital social services to those in need. We do this with an all-volunteer staff, without a single employee.


Our History University Community Social Services was founded in 1982 by two university professors who saw a great need among the many homeless people in their neighborhood. Together they started a temporary - or so they thought - soup kitchen open to anyone who needed sustenance.
Over 25 years later, we’re still going strong, and the need is still great. Long ago, we figured out that meatloaf is a nourishing comfort food that makes a much better meal than soup. We make our meatloaf using an original recipe that we have perfected over the years. People love it, and we have come over time to be known as "The Meatloaf People." Hunger doesn't take a vacation. Every week since our inception, through blackouts, heat waves, blizzards, and even the terrorist attack of 9-11, the kitchen has been there, serving literally hundreds of thousands of meals to needy New Yorkers.
Our Philosophy We've learned that just as good food nourishes the body, respect nourishes the soul. Our soup kitchen was one of the first to seat and serve its guests with the courtesy one might find at a restaurant, as opposed to the traditional food line. Despite our name, we are not affiliated with any university nor are we associated with any religious organization. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, bound together only by our shared desire to lend a helping hand to those in need.


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by Veronica S. from Corona, NY (July 27, 2015)
The program is entirely run by volunteers. I love it! They only operate on Saturdays, but they do more in a day than I have seen other companies do in a week! They provide an invaluable service to those who are disadvantaged. I would suggest and I would ask more people to volunteer at this amazing place.

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