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Norwich New York 13815

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The Norwich Community Kitchen
 St. Bartholomew Parish Center, 81 East Main, Norwich.

After careful consideration, The Norwich Community Soup Kitchen has decided to cancel the soup kitchen untill April 14. Due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding COVID-19. This precautionary measure was made in response to recommendation made by the centers for disease control and prevention regarding large gatherings of people.


The Norwich Community Kitchen All are welcome to enjoy a free hot meal and the opportunity to enjoy the company of others every Tuesday at 5:30 PM.  at the St. Bartholomew Parish Center.  The Community Kitchen is always looking for volunteers to set up, prepare meals, serve meals and clean up. If you can spare any time or would like to make a donation, please call JoAnn Testani at 336-3513 or the Parish Office at 337-2215.



The Norwich Community  Kitchen is located at St. Bartholomew Parish Center. Every Tuesday (Sep-June) at 5:30 PM a hot meal is served to over 100 people from our community. All are welcome to attend.    Volunteers are needed to help at the following times on Tuesday:
  • 9 AM Set up 1 PM Food preparation

  • 4:30 PM Drink prepares

  • 5 PM Food servers

  • 5:45 PM Clean up

Please consider donating your time to help with this valued community project sponsored by St. Bartholomew and St. Paul Churches. The Community Kitchen is funded through generous donations and grants. If anyone would like to make a donation, please make your check out to the Norwich Community Kitchen, in care of our treasurer, JoAnn Testani, 16 Westcott St., Norwich, NY or call the parish office 337-2215.

Norwich Community Soup Kitchen volunteers Michele Natoli, JoAnn Testani, Dorothy Loiselle and Lauren Howell at the first soup kitchen dinner of the year on Tuesday. Free dinners will be served every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. from the St. Bartholomew Parish Center.

Norwich Community Soup Kitchen begins 8th season of serving public

NORWICH – The Norwich Community Soup Kitchen entered its eighth year of providing free dinner to anyone in need on Tuesday, an opportunity anyone can take advantage of on any Tuesday night through the end of May. Every Tuesday evening at

5:30 p.m., St. Bartholomew’s and St. Paul’s soup kitchen will serve free, hot meals to anyone at St. Bartholomew Parish Center located at 81 East Main Street in Norwich.
 Although dubbed a soup kitchen, the Norwich Community Soup Kitchen provides entire dinners, complete with a dessert. At its first dinner of 2018, the menu was sausage, baked beans, tossed salad, french fries, and ice cream with cookies.

 Norwich Community Soup Kitchen organizers say next week’s entree will be barbecue chicken. Anyone is invited to have dinner at the Norwich Community Soup Kitchen, regardless of if they are a Norwich resident.

Additionally, the soup kitchen is completely spearheaded by volunteers and anyone interested in lending a hand is encouraged to do so.  

For more information on St. Bartholomew’s and St. Paul’s churches’ Norwich Community Soup Kitchen, call soup kitchen director JoAnn Testani at (607) 336-3513 or the St. Bartholomew Parish Center at (607) 337-2215.

Above is a photo taken during this past Tuesday’s, Nov. 15, 2016 Thanksgiving Dinner at the Norwich Community Soup Kitchen at St. Bart’s Parish Center. Pictured from left to right are: Dorothy Loiselle, Lauren Howell, and JoAnn Testani.

Dorothy Loiselle and Nick Testani prepare to serve up a meal of roast pork, mashed potatoes and gray, and string beans at the Norwich Community kitchen located at St. Bart's Parish Center in Norwich. Serving is at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday night.

Norwich Community Kitchen opens its doors for another season
Sun Staff Writer

NORWICH - For four years, the Norwich Community Kitchen located in the St. Bartholomew's Parish Center on East Main Street in Norwich has been serving up free meals to area residents and asking nothing in return.

On Tuesday, the community kitchen once again opened its doors for a new season, assuring that those in need can get a free hot meal in addition to the opportunity to enjoy the company of others. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the St. Bartholomew Parish Center, 81 E. Main St. near the heart of downtown Norwich.

According to organizers, it takes more than a few helping hands to keep things on track when the soup kitchen opens. As many as 140 volunteers have been known to pitch-in on any given night, setting time apart from their own busy schedules to prepare, cook, serve and clean for others. Helpers range in talents and age, noted one volunteer. Whether it's a local high school student or one of the more seasoned volunteers contributing their time in retirement, everyone has a role they can play, she said.

While dinner isn't served until 5:30, volunteers are hard at work throughout the day. Tables and chairs are set up in the morning and food preparation begins as early as 1 p.m. Enough food is made to feed a crowd of 100, making the Norwich Community Soup Kitchen one of the largest in the county.

Although the volunteer group inherited the "soup kitchen" label, it's name - the Norwich Community Soup Kitchen - is misleading, one organizer pointed out, because it doesn't actually serve soup and it's open to residents beyond the Norwich community.

Tuesday night's menu consisted of biscuits and sausage gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and a roll on the side, and was made available to anyone from Chenango County who showed up.

Free dinners are made possible solely through private donations and grants from individuals and other charitable organizations such as the Chenango United Way, the Follett Foundation, and the New York State Central Food Bank.

The all-volunteer organization asks that anyone who wishes to make a financial donation send it to Norwich Community Kitchen c/o St Bartholomew Church 81 East Main St. Norwich NY 13815. Free dinners will be offered every week through May. For additional information, call 337.2215

Norwich Community Kitchen opens for season

Norwich Community Kitchen opens its doors Tuesday
Sun Staff Writer

 NORWICH – The Norwich Community Kitchen will open for the season tomorrow. Dinner will be served at the St. Bartholomew’s Parish Center, located at 81 East Main St., every Tuesday at 5 p.m. through the end of May.

While the free dinners are served at five, the parish center opens to the public an hour earlier. “People can come in and visit before they eat; it’s a social time,” said coordinator and long-time volunteer JoAnn Testani. “Everyone is welcome,” she added.

Last week, the parish hosted a volunteer meeting in preparation for the opening of the soup kitchen.

“There were a lot of people at the meeting, around 40,” said the group’s treasurer and record keeper Deborah Trythall. “We usually get a lot of adult volunteers plus a number of Morrisville students and Norwich High schoolers. The BOCES special needs group also comes in around 10 a.m. to help set up,” she added.

“The other volunteers spoil me when I cook by cleaning up after me, and then I go home to cook and think what a mess!” laughed coordinator and volunteer cook Dorothy Loiselle.

Roots and Wings of Chenango County participates by sending representatives to attend the dinners and inform people of available services they, along with other organizations, provide. Since Roots and Wings has been attending the St. Bartholomew dinners, they have noticed more people coming to their own programs, said Testani.

Although the organization is called the Norwich Community kitchen, they never actually serve soup. Instead, potluck style dinners are provided free to attendees. Organizers thought about changing the name, but realized that it was better to keep what people are familiar with. “I also can’t stress enough that these good, hot meals are completely free for everyone,” said Testani.

 The free suppers are funded entirely by grants, donations, and the New York State Central Food Bank.

“Some of the grants come from United Way, the Follett Foundation, and the food bank, but we are always hopeful that individuals will find it in their hearts to donate,” said Trythall.

 People often call the night before to ask what is going to be served for dinner. Tomorrow, for opening night, biscuits and sausage gravy along with mashed potatoes, vegetables, and brownies for dessert will be served. There will also be coffee, tea, and orange juice to drink. Next week, it’ll be scalloped potatoes and ham, with vegetables, and cake for dessert.

“It’s like a restaurant; everyone is a dinner guest,” said Loiselle. “We also give out whatever people donate to us, like fruit and yogurt.” Roots and Wings also donates fresh baked goods that are given to people attending the Tuesday night dinners.

“We function solely on the good will of others. The only reason we can operate is because of other people’s generosity,” said Trythall. The parish asks that anyone willing to make a donation either drop it off at St. Bart’s or St. Paul’s, or if they want to, they can mail a check to 78 Pleasant Street in Norwich. For more information, call 334-7556.

American Legion Post 189 of Norwich recently donated $5000 to the community kitchen at St. Bartholomew's Parish Center. Free meals are served every Tuesday at 5:30p.m. at the East Main Street center through the end of June. From left: Father Ralph bove, Houston Edwards, Legion Post Commander Brian Joy, Deborah Trythall, JoAnn Testani and Dorothy Loiselle.

A free meal is served every Tuesday at St. Bartholomew Parish Center, 81 East Main St. All are welcome at the 5:30 P.M. sitting. Serving up the meal last night were Marie DiNoto, Dorothy Loiselle, JoAnn Testani, Maureen Byrne, Bob Coffney and Debbie Trythall.

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