25 Buchanan Street, St. John's, NL

Outreach Programming

Our Beginnings
The Soup Kitchen at George Street United Church was opened in the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre with the support of Kathy LeGrow. Since its inception in January 2002 the Soup Kitchen has fed over 30,000 people without missing a Friday.

Our Future
Thanks to the patronage of Elinor Gill-Ratcliffe and government grant monies, our Soup Kitchen expanded to include a Computer Access Program. In a Needs Assessment, many Soup Kitchen clients said they required computers for job searching and internet/e-mail access. A seniors’ focus group also indicated a need for computer access.

Kitchen Services Expansion 
We are offering a “hot breakfast” every Monday Morning all year  from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, with the exception of some Statutory Holidays.  Husky Energy continues to serve as the corporate sponsor and provides both financial support and volunteers . All are welcome!

Our Sponsors
Through the generous support of sponsors, we are able to provide a hot, nutritious meal to 120-140 people weekly.  We sincerely thank all our volunteers, as well as our corporate and individual sponsors for their continued support:

Pratt Foundation
Revenue Canada
City Honda
Price Waterhouse
Boston Pizza
Blue Buoy Foods
Fry Foundation
East Coast Catering
Canship Ugland
Manna Bakery
Tim Horton’s (Ropewalk Lane)
CRA Social Club
Prudential Reardon Realty
Wood Gundy
Dept Municipal Affairs Staff
Elenor Ratcliffe
Capital Hyundai
Stewart McKelvey-Lawyers
Delta Hotel
Ches Penney & Family
The Keg
The United Way
Production Services Network

How You Can Help The Jimmy Pratt Memorial Soup Kitchen @ George Street United Church:

  • volunteer in the Soup Kitchen on Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. or help in our Breakfast Program, Mondays from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • become a  sponsor of the Outreach program
  • remember a loved one by giving a special gift to the outreach centre
  • become a fundraising volunteer
  • volunteer as a parking lot attendant for events at Mile 1. One evening has the potential to raise $400… that can make a lot of soup!

Contact our Office at 726-8775



Each Friday throughout the year, George Street United Church offers a hot lunch to those individuals in the downtown core of St. John’s who are less fortunate.   This service is available at George Street, thanks to a very generous gift from Kathleen (Pratt) LeGrow, as a memorial to her brother, and through other corporate donations and sponsorship.  One of our major sponsors, who have supported the outreach centre since its beginning, is Manna European Bakery &  Deli.

Since the “Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre” opened its doors for the first time on Sunday, 23 December 2001, its success has been in no small part thanks to the efforts of a small group of dedicated volunteers from George Street and other St. John’s Congregations.

On Friday’s the “Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre” is open from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM and during this period, the Centre often serves up to 100 meals.  In addition to the meal, our volunteers spend some time with the centre visitors in conversation and fellowship.   If they so choose, the visitors can also spend some time in our “Friendship Corner” where they can relax and watch some TV or a video and perhaps even spend a little time “surfing the internet”.

Wednesdays – Seniors Inclusion Program  Once again this year we will offer the fitness program, lunch and learn, recreational after noon with monthly entertaining and a weekly rotation lunch menu. Open to all persons having reached their 55th birthday. We offer a friendly social environment for all. Please contact the church office at 709-726-8775 for further details.


Volunteer’s Creed

Though my battles and my worries
Are sometimes all that I can see,
Still I always must remember;
Life’s not only about me.

Other souls are also hurting,
And I know that it’s God’s plan,
To reach out to help another;
To extend to them my hand.

With this purpose as my focus,
To be a comfort to a friend,
All my troubles and my worries
Seem to fade out in the end.

It is one of God’s true lessons,
How my walk is meant to be;
True happiness I find
When life’s not only about me.


Husky Breakfast
Husky Staff Continue to Provide Support.
IMG_0776Each Monday Morning the staff of Husky Energy volunteer to help out in the Jimmy Pratt Outreach Centre. Every Monday morning, Husky Energy provides four volunteers to help prepare a healthy breakfast to give patrons a good start to the week.

Husky Energy has sponsored the breakfast program ever since its inception over three years ago. Husky staff work side by side with other volunteers to ensure that all those that come get a good hot breakfast and an opportunity to socialize with their friends.




United Way Fund Distribution Event

The United Way Fund Distribution Event. Programs Coordinator, George Parsons pictured with RNC Inspector Jason Sheppard, Chair of the Community Investment Committee and Lily Abbass, representing United Way workplace partner GCWCC (Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign).

The contribution to the Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre will be utilized to support the various programs of the centre and carry out some minor renovations. United Way has been a strong supporter of the outreach centre and its efforts to support those in need.DSC_0543


Sea of Tranquility by: Stan Nochasak

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