What Goes Into 1 Million Meals?

09.27.22 | Food for the Soul

This month, we hit a major milestone – since Memorial Day, we have served 1 million meals. As we continue to serve more meals than ever before, we wanted to take you behind the scenes and showcase what goes into serving one million meals.  

Our culinary arrives bright and early each morning to prepare over 1,000 hot meals for those waiting on the line for our daily meal service. Throughout the day, volunteers and our staff help prepare, pack, and distribute hot meals and bags of groceries that our guests will use to create thousands of meals.  

A Day at Holy Apostles 

5:30AM: Our culinary staff begins to arrive in Chelsea 

6:15AM: Derrick, our Meal Outreach Specialist, leaves Holy Apostles and walks to Penn Station delivering breakfast sandwiches to anyone in need that he passes. 

8:30AM: Our culinary team plates today’s meal. They put each meal into a container and place the containers into heaters to keep the food warm until meal service begins. 

9AM: Volunteers arrive and start packing bags of snacks for our guests. They also pack bags of groceries for our Food Pantry, to be handed out later in the day. 

9:15AM: By now, many of our guests have started lining up for today’s meal. 

10AM: Our culinary team brings food outside and sets up our grab and go meal service. 

10:30AM: Grab and go meal service begins. 

12:30PM: The last hot meals of the day are served and grab and go meal service ends.  

1:30PM: Our Food Pantry begins and guests take home three heaping bags of groceries to prepare meals for their families.  

3:00PM: Our Food Pantry ends as the last guests collect their groceries for the week. 

Sarah Marcantonio

Sarah Marcantonio


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