SHP Holiday Meals





(call today as we are usually booked full one year in advance for Thanksgiving Day)

SHIP’s Holiday Meal Program, with the grace of God, has served over 20,000 meals to our holiday guests.

The Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) Holiday Meals Program was created to bring hope and a hot meal to those who need it most the lonely, the poor, the unwanted, the homeless, or the silently needy who through fear or pride are unable to reach out or ask for help they need. The meals are provided at no cost to our guests.

Long before the scheduled holiday, volunteers and staff are activated donating their time and talents to make a big difference in the lives of these very special people. Some gather at our Drop-in-Center or at the United Reformed Church in Somerville to help transport and begin to prepare the donated holiday food items; turkeys, hams, breads and more.  Later on that holiday they may personally serve the meals they helped prepare to needy families, individuals.

The Holiday Meals are served at the United Reformed Church, 100 West Main Street, in Somerville.  The church, has a long history of partnership with SHIP and has graciously served as the host for the Holiday Meals Program since Christmas Day, 1991

The average attendance at our Holiday Meals events is usually around 250 with another 150 or more requests for meals packed to go.  Anyone in need in the Somerset County Region is welcome to join us.

Every year, the Holiday Meals Program nourishes the spirit for both volunteers, staff and recipients, bringing hope to the hopeless, food to the hungry, joy to the forgotten.  It leaves an indelible memory of good service for everyone involved. 

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