The INN operates the Mary Brennan INN, the largest soup kitchen on Long Island where Monday through Friday, 1,300 hot, nutritious meals are served and 150 guests take hot showers every week. There is a guest choice pantry for free, non-perishable food that is available to the guests for weekend needs. Approximately 62,412 meals are served annually. The soup kitchen is staffed mainly by 100 volunteers of all ages, creeds and backgrounds in addition to a team of three trained professionals. There are no questions asked of anyone in need, and everyone is referred to as a guest and treated with dignity and respect. The Mary Brennan INN has a “no questions asked” policy. Walking through the door of the soup kitchen guarantees not only a hot, nutritious five-course meal, but a safe space environment, free of judgement, where all requests for help are addressed in a dignified and swift manner.
In addition to the Mary Brennan INN, for more than 30 years The INN has also provided support and assistance to over 25 individual community soup kitchen efforts who have provided over 300,000 meals annually across Long Island. Utilizing The INN’s guidance and support, these individual community soup kitchens have now decided to operate independently of The INN, and some have become their own not-for-profit organizations, thanks to the years of support from their local communities and The INN.
Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen
Location and Address
100 Madison Avenue Hempstead, NY 11550
Hours of operation: Serves lunch Monday-Friday 11:30am-1:30pm
The Mary Brennan INN accepts donations of non-perishable food, clothing (in-season only) and personal care items.
Donations can be dropped-off Monday-Friday 9-11am and 2-4:30pm