Volunteer Opportunity – Queen City Soup Kitchen -4th Saturday of the month




How Can I Help?

We prepare, cook and serve lunch on the 4th Saturday of every month.

  •  we need minimum of 8 volunteers. We start cooking at 9 a.m. to serve at noon to 1 p.m.
1620 Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 241-5121

You do not have to be a member of this church, this faith, or any faith to volunteer: (email compasscorg@gmail.com and put Soup Kitchen in the Subject field if you or your family would like to volunteer.




Our mission, service & history

Our Mission https://www.queencitykitchen.org/mission

To help alleviate hunger in our community in an environment of respect, care and hospitality.

 In 2017, we served 50,704 hot meals, served 5,081 families in the food pantry, and were powered by over17,000 volunteer hours

As Queen City Kitchen, we remain committed to nourishing our neighbors, and serving food with dignity, and offering a safe, welcoming environment for all who come through our doors. 

“There are many reasons why people are caught in the trap of extreme poverty …while we are looking for answers, we can all do our part to alleviate some of the suffering.” — Reverend Thomas Bokenkotter

Our Service:

After 40+ years, Cincinnati’s oldest soup kitchen remains true to their mission of providing food with dignity for neighbors in need. This is a modern evolution of a neighborhood safe haven—a staple of the community that’s still on the upswing. Powered by a network of compassionate volunteers, we’re nourishing new perceptions of food insecurity, stripping away all stigmas, and feeding a force for good that can transform entire communities—one meal at a time.

Every day after we bless our food, we thank our Guests for visiting the Kitchens and Pantry. Inevitably, their response rings throughout the   room: “No, thank YOU for being here.”

Our History:


The Reverend Thomas Bokenkotter founded the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen, the Oldest Soup Kitchen in Cincinnati, as well as the Walnut Hills Kitchen and the Walnut Hills Pantry.

The Over-The-Rhine Kitchen was established in January of 1976. Fr. Bokenkotter visited Dorothy Day’s House of Hospitality in New York City and realized Cincinnati needed a kitchen to provide a meal without obligatory religious service for the 80 percent of the 10,000 residents in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood lived below the poverty level.

  Reverend Thomas Bokenkotter, QCK Founder

 Reverend Thomas Bokenkotter, QCK Founder

Fr. Bokenkotter recruited volunteers and with just $700 he started serving meals in a building on Main Street. Word spread, and soon hundreds were lining up daily for a warm meal. A second location opened in Walnut Hills in 1984. The Over-the-Rhine kitchen moved several times before settling, in 2003, into its current location at 1620 Vine Street.

The Walnut Hills Kitchen is housed in the Geiger House, a property named for a student of Fr. Bokenkotter’s. Geiger helped open the Over-The-Rhine Kitchen in 1976. Tom managed the Kitchen and developed its program, and because of his devotion to helping the poor and homeless, he moved into the back room of the Kitchen to be available whenever someone needed him. At the age of 33, Tom Geiger died suddenly. The Tom Geiger Guest House, a residence for abused women and children on Gilbert Avenue, which houses the Walnut Hills Soup Kitchen, was named to honor his memory.

In 2018, the organization changed its name to Queen City Kitchen to better reflect its mission to serve all Cincinnati neighbors. 

Fr. Bokenkotter taught that there are many reasons people are caught in extreme poverty. While we are looking for answers, we can all do our part to alleviate some of the sufferings. This reflection continues to inspire the work of the Queen City Kitchen today.