Helping Hands' Services Open to All
Helping Hands serves people of all faiths and backgounds with a mission of hospitality. The soup kitchen and clothing center are open anyone in need. Other services including the food pantry, hygiene kits, and hot showers are limited to East Toledo residents and proof of residency must be provided.
The soup kitchen is located in the basement of the former school and church. The entrance is located down a stairwell on the outside of the former school on the right side of the building. The former school is to the left of the church.
- Breakfast: Served Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Lunch: Served Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Additional services: Clothing, bread, produce, and miscellaneous household items are given away during meal times on a first come first serve basis when items are available.
Residents in need may shop and select clothing items, shoes, and coats free of charge every 3 months. The clothing center is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is located in the former St. Louis church building.
Learn more on Facebook at: Helping Hands Clothing Center
Catholic Charities is currently offering Nutrition courses at Helping Hands St. Louis through the Ohio State Extension Services. Classes are every Thursday 12:30-1:30 p.m.
This 8-week course is highly recommended for those who feed or prepare foods for minors but is open to anyone who is interested. Students will learn budget saving tips, recipes, how to make healthy snacks for kids and more.
Students receive a free kitchen tool each week of attendance along with free food samples and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
For more information, please contact Linda Kraft at 419-244-6711 ext. 221
Programs for East Toledo Residents
The services are available for clients living in East Toledo and surrounding areas east of the Maumee River in the following zipcodes:43402, 43412, 4316, 43430, 43434, 43447, 43460, 43463, 43465, 43551, 43605, 43616, 43618, 43619.
Clients must provide a valid photo ID and current proof of residency, income or financial support, and household members each time when seeking assistance. Acceptable proofs of residency include a current utility bill or any mail with a current postmark and the client’s name and address. Rent receipts or rental lease agreements will not be accepted as proof of residency.
The food pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is located in the former school, to the left of the former church. This service is available once every 30 days per household address.
The showers may be used on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and are located in the center’s basement through the entrance to the soup kitchen.
Government commodities are food items provided by the food bank. The food is available on the first Wednesday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. in the center’s basement.
Applications for food stamps can be completed on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Helping Hands of St. Louis 9:30 a.m.- noon and Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Appointments are available at both sites.
Assessments and referrals for other needs are also available if appropriate.
For more information please contact Linda Kraft at 419-244-6711, ext. 221
Hygiene kits are distributed Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the center’s basement. This service is available once every 30 days per household. Diapers, baby food, and sanitary napkins available upon request when in stock. Hygiene kits are not available on 5th Wednesdays.
These items and services are provided based on available funding or product availability:
- Shoes (men, women, and children)
- School supplies (as available)
We reserve the right to make changes to the services and schedule without notice, as needed. We also reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who:
- Does not have ALL required information.
- Is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Is inappropriately dressed.
- Comes in just before closing time.
- Is unruly or causing trouble.
- Lacks adequate hygiene (e.g. excessive dirt, extreme body odor, etc.).
- Exhibits signs of infestations (e.g. lice, roaches, fleas, etc.).