Our History

A place of welcome for nearly 40 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. The Community Lunch Program prepared and provided meals to the hungry three times a week. In 1992, the organization formally incorporated so that it might expand its reach. For the next decade Broadway Community (or BCI, for short) developed as an addiction 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. Over the last 40 years, thousands of people have been fed and nourished at Broadway Community – in body, mind, and spirit.

Our Mission and Vision


Broadway Community, Inc. (BCI) is a Morningside Heights-based human services agency that serves individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty through a broad range of programs. Working tirelessly to break down the barriers of poverty, inequity, and privilege – until all are fed, in body and spirit – Broadway Community provides countless opportunities to bring neighbors together across socioeconomic and cultural boundaries. We provide the following services:

  • The Four Star Soup Kitchen: Gourmet style, healthy breakfast and lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.
  • Community Table: A meal for the whole neighborhood -- welcoming anyone and everyone to share in the beauty of a four-course meal in the sanctuary of our close partner, the Broadway Presbyterian Church.*
  • Food pantry: Nutritious food for our neighbors who hunger (including fresh fruits and vegetables from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partners).
  • Health care: Through our partners at the Institute for Family Health's Healthcare for the Homeless Program, Broadway Community provides access to medical support for the homeless members of our community, and for others in our neighborhood that may be unable to obtain affordable healthcare. 
  • Shelter: With the help of our partners at the Center for Urban Community Services, 15 of our neighbors experiencing homelessness find a place of warm welcome here seven nights a week.
  • Workforce development: For several years, we have provided a free culinary training program to members of our community seeking to enter the foodservice industry. In 2022, we are proud to offer this training program in partnership with the Mandala Café, a local nonprofit organization committed to providing access, dignity and mutuality around the issues of food & employment.
  • Showers bringing renewed dignity for our homeless guests.
  • Clothing: At least once a month, we offer a free clothing distribution.*
  • Community engagement: We provide countless volunteer opportunities that draw neighbors together across boundaries of socioeconomic situation.

* Please note: The health and safety of Broadway Community's Guests, staff, and volunteers is our highest priority. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Community Table and clothing distribution are not taking place at this time. Additionally, due to the public health conditions, showers are only available to Guests of our shelter.


With the word “community” in our name, and at the core of our identity, Broadway Community is dedicated to reaching out beyond our walls, so that everyone can be invited to the feast of justice. We are learning that this asks more of us than to simply provide emergency relief services. In order to break down the barriers of poverty, inequity, and privilege, we will be creating new pathways to relationships across the diversity of our neighborhood, so that a new community might be born from the brokenness of our world.

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