Food is a basic necessity of life, and sharing a meal with others is one of the most effective bridges to relationship building.
Our free meals program is open to all women without questions or requirement that they show need. We serve delicious, hearty breakfasts and lunches, Monday through Saturday that improve the physical and emotional well-being of our guests.
Breakfast at Women’s Lunch Place is a buffet of fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, bread, coffee, tea, juice, milk, and a variety of hot dishes left over from the prior day’s lunch. The breakfast buffet is open until 10 am Monday through Saturday. Bread, butter, peanut butter, jelly, milk, coffee, juice, and tea are available throughout the day. Women often stop by in the morning for something to eat on their way to work. Women who have spent the night at an overnight shelter are often on the streets early and at our door before we open at 7 am.
Lunch consists of high-quality, freshly-prepared dishes of grains, meat or fish, salad, fresh vegetables, fruit, and dessert. Menus are planned to emphasize nutritional content and diversity. Food preferences are accommodated, and vegetarian alternatives are available at every meal. We differ from traditional soup kitchens by offering lunch served restaurant-style by volunteers. Our guests sit together at tables with fresh flowers and lunch is served on china plates with flatware. Lunch is more than a meal; it is integral to our efforts to treat every woman in a trauma-informed model of care. Staff and volunteers treat every woman so to minimize the trauma that can accompany food insecurity.
Ellen Abdow, owner and proprietor of Perennial Gardens, is a long-time volunteer at WLP, and built the herb garden on the grounds on Newbury Street. Each spring we plant herbs in the raised beds that are harvested throughout the summer and fall to add fresh flavor and nutrients to the meals. Volunteers and guests help to keep the garden pruned and see firsthand the benefits of “from farm to table”!