St. Francis Table

St. Francis Table provides hot meals to people in need each day of the week. Newman Centre Volunteers are a part of a group that prepare and serve the evening meal every Tuesday.

Commitment: Once a week on Tuesday evenings from 3:00 - 7:00 pm.

St. Francis Table offers lunch and dinner each day to the needy in Parkdale. It is operated by the Capuchin-Franciscan Friars and is located at 1322 Queen Street West (at Brock Avenue) in Toronto.

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Volunteers assist in preparing the food, serving the meals, and in cleaning up. Newman Centre volunteers take care of those responsibilities for the Tuesday evening dinner each week. They work from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Volunteers do not have to work every Tuesday; they can be scheduled on the Tuesdays that suit them. Individuals for whom the Tuesday schedule is not convenient can assist on an individual basis at other meals on other days.

St. Francis Table is not merely a soup kitchen, but an "outreach restaurant!" Patrons are seated in a dining room, they are given a choice of meal, and are waited on by volunteers. To preserve the dignity of the patrons, they are asked to pay $1.00 for the meal (although, no one is ever turned away). While most of the patrons are homless, many are senior citizens or those with mental health issues that live on a fixed income. "The Table" is a vibrant social community!

How do I get involved?

To volunteer with St. Francis Table contact Alexandra Whittle at

Where can I get more information?

If you would like to learn more about St. Francis Table, please visit:

If you would like more information about the Capuchin Franciscans, the Catholic religious order which supports St. Francis Table, please visit:


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