Help individuals and families 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 hot meals but also the support and services to get someone back on their feet.

Give Your Time

Volunteers make our work possible! Volunteers are essential to our ability to care for our guests. We welcome both individuals and groups. 

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 services to the individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty in our community.

Feeding the Hungry

There are over 111,000 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 guests’ inability to pay for medical or dental insurance and out of pocket health care often results in severe issues which can affect an individual’s 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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