...do not have access to nutritious meals.
1 in 4 children in our community...
In 2015 we served 377,203 meals.
...one person at a time.
Homelessness and poverty ends...
...since 1955.
Restoring human dignity...

Help individuals identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency

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Invest in Your Community

By making a generous donation to St. Mary’s Dining Room you are not only providing healthy meals but also the support and services to get someone back on their feet.

Give Your Time

Volunteers are essential to our ability to care for our clients. We welcome groups of volunteers. If you would like more information about volunteering on our campus please contact us.

Success Stories

See a community where all are empowered and able to be self-reliant, independent as well as able to meet their physical emotional and psychological well-being.

The Mission of St. Mary’s Dining Room

St. Mary’s Dining Room responds to poverty in San Joaquin County by feeding the hungry, caring for health issues and restoring human dignity to over 700 individuals each day.

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Ardell first came to us for help in 1987. He was so ashamed of what had become of his life that he would ask others to pick up a plate in the dining room and bring it to him. Over time, he realized that no one was judging him. He said it was then that he was able to start focusing on changing himself. Ardell utilized our services off and on until 1996, when he entered a treatment program. June 6, 2016, marks the 20th anniversary of that decision and the last day Ardell took a drink. Ardell has been working for San Joaquin County for 18 years. He comes by St. Mary's Dining Room periodically with donations or to help out at the front gate. On behalf of Ardell and everyone here at St. Mary's Dining Room, we thank you, our community, for your continued support.
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What We Do

St. Mary’s Dining Room provides the following caring services to our community’s homeless and working poor individuals and families.

Feeding the Hungry

There are over 116,000 people in San Joaquin County that face food insecurity, which is not knowing where your next meal is coming from; over 54,000 of them are children.

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Caring for Health Issues

Our clients’ inability to pay for dental insurance and out of pocket dental care often results in severe dental issues which can affect an individual’s overall health.

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Restoring Human Dignity

Illiteracy, mental and physical health issues, financial literacy, substance abuse and recovery are only a handful of the many barriers when dealing with poverty issues.

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