Broadway Community has been a place of welcome for more than 30 years.
The seeds that would become Broadway Community were planted in 1982 with the creation of the Community Lunch program – a combined effort of volunteers from Broadway Presbyterian Church, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, and other neighboring organizations. Meals were prepared and provided to the hungry three times a week. In 1992, the organization formally incorporated so that it might expand its reach. For the next decade “BCI” developed as a drug abuse recovery program, with a variety of companion programs, including support groups, a women’s shelter, arts education, and more. All the while, the soup kitchen continued, serving lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thousands of people have been fed and nourished at Broadway Community – in body, mind, and spirit.
The Broadway Community of today continues to be an open door to our neighbors.
- The Four Star Soup Kitchen: Gourmet style, healthy breakfast and lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week
- Food pantry: Nutritious food packs for our neighbors who hunger (including fresh fruits and vegetables from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partners)
- Social Services: Guidance through the maze of public assistance programs, including Housing, Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), etc.
- Shelter: 12 homeless men find a place of welcome here seven nights a week
- Showers, clothing, and laundry for our homeless guests
- Foodservice And Nutrition Training Awareness Project (FANTAP): a workforce development program which provides culinary training and prepares students to earn their NYC Department of Health Food Protection Certificate
- Community engagement: providing volunteer opportunities that draw neighbors together across boundaries of socioeconomic situation
- Health care: Medical support for the homeless members of our community, and for others in our neighborhood that may be unable to access affordable health care. (Medical services are provided on site through our partners at the Institute for Family Health.)