Martin de Porres House of Hospitality

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Hunger
  • Immigrants & Refugees


225 Portrero AveSan Francisco, CA 94103 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to feed the hungry in the spirit of compassion, understanding, and love.


Martin’s, as it is affectionately known, is a free restaurant, serving lunch Monday through Saturday. We are an all-volunteer run organization since 1971. A core group of volunteers plan menus, stock our pantry, and coordinate volunteers . Each meal service at Martin’s is led by an experienced volunteer, and we welcome new volunteers on an ongoing basis. Along with serving healthy food, we strive to build a community between our volunteers and the guests we serve. We take pride and joy in the relationships that develop among people who share a common space and purpose at Martin’s.

Named after Martin de Porres, the patron saint of social justice, the sick, and the poor; we are committed to social justice and believe that feeding the hungry is a question of justice, not charity. Though our roots lie in the Catholic Worker Movement, we are a community with diverse spiritual practices and backgrounds. We consider each person who comes to Martin’s to be a beloved guest and treat them as such. We believe healthy food is a right, not a privilege. Martin’s operates on the principle that what must get done will get done, and we strive to develop a sense of personal responsibility towards that goal.


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