“Maybe I can’t stop world hunger but I’m doing what I can.” – Matt

01.5.14 | Food for the Soul, Volunteer Stories

Voice of a Volunteer: Matt

“Every day when I leave the soup kitchen after a day of volunteering, I feel so amazing. It feels great knowing that I’m helping to feed a thousand hungry and homeless people every time I come in,” says volunteer Matt Feliciano, smiling. “Maybe I can’t stop world hunger but I’m doing what I can.”

Matt, a licensed barber who works in Long Island and lives in Manhattan, has been helping out at the soup kitchen for the past year. He’s become known for his friendly attitude, helping guests and other volunteers alike.

Matt’s interactions with our guests aren’t limited to his hours volunteering. He’s joined in for the Writers’ Workshop, meditation, and the morning mass. “I prefer to be with those less fortunate. I want to show them that there’s no separation between us; we’re all human beings and we can all socialize with each other.”

While Matt only found the soup kitchen a year ago, he decided he wanted to help to fight hunger and homelessness six months before then. Disturbed by the number of people he saw in the streets and on the subway who were barely able to get by, he was determined to make a difference and help those in need. He started volunteering with City Harvest but they weren’t accommodating to his work schedule. So, he started on his own personal project to help homeless people in his community.

“I would make fruit bags for people sleeping in Chelsea, so they at least had something to eat,” says Matt. “But when I found out about the soup kitchen, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. By volunteering at the soup kitchen I can help to feed a lot more people, this is actually making a big difference.”

“I come all my days off of work, typically twice a week, and I make donations whenever I can,” Matt says. “There is a lot more I want to do, but this is what I can do, for now.”

You can usually spot him by his rain boots. “I’ve done every job here. But I most often volunteer washing dishes. The dish room is really difficult because it’s really hot,” he says. “But those clean plates and forks are important. You need something to put the food on!”




Stay current on activity at the Soup Kitchen, guest stories, thoughts from Clergy, news and events.

Subscribe to receive the latest news, events, volunteer opportunities, and more — right to your inbox.

Church of the Holy Apostles

We are an open, inclusive Christian Church celebrating in the Episcopal tradition.

Sunday Service is held 11AM (on site and via livestream). Weekday services are held on Zoom.


For Newcomers

Learn about our faith community and explore ways to connect with our work and worship.


Reflections on Holy Scripture from our Clergy.


Founded in 1844, with a focus on social activism and the desire for social justice.

Clergy, Staff & Vestry

The Vestry is the governing body of the Church of the Holy Apostles.


Music commands a strong presence at the Church of the Holy Apostles.

Space Rental

Host your next meeting or event in our landmark building.

Soup Kitchen & Pantry

Nourishing hungry New Yorkers since 1982 in an atmosphere of respect and hospitality.

Daily meal service

Serving a free, nutritious meal every weekday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Meal outreach

Distributing bagged breakfasts and lunches throughout Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.

About the soup kitchen

Learn more about our mission, our history, our performance, who we are, and what we do.

Pantry Program

Providing fresh and nutritious groceries to food-insecure New Yorkers.

Sunday Supper

Bridging generations and building community over a monthly family style meal.

Give Layers of Love this Winter

Help Keep Our Guests Warm this Winter.

Social Support

Meeting basic needs, stabilizing lives, and supporting individuals and families to achieve their goals.


Addressing the needs of the whole person through basic needs, counseling, and referrals.


Offering learning and skill-building opportunities.

Community Partnership

Partnering with others to expand the services offered to our guests.

Get Involved

Holy Apostles is a great place to channel your time, talents and generosity for good.


Make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and hunger.


Join our efforts to serve others and provide for people who are vulnerable.


Your gift provides food, community, and hope to New Yorkers in need.

The Latest

Stay up-to-date on all happenings at Holy Apostles.

Food For The Soul

The official blog of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

Voices of Our Community

Guest stories, poetry, and more.


See our calendar of events.

Church Pulpit Posts

Read weekly meditations written by our clergy.


Holy Apostles in the news.