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Hospitality Kitchen (aka The Hippie Kitchen)

COVID-19 UPDATE: During the coronavirus outbreak, we are taking extra precautions for sharing food with our Skid Row community. We ask volunteers (unless vaccinated) to only come if they have not been sick for at least two weeks and if they have not traveled (by plane or public transit) or been in large groups in the past weeks. If you are practicing social distancing, we have tasks that can be done, all while being six feet from anyone else.

If you are vaccinated, or have been healthy and have not traveled, please consider helping out on any Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday

Serving Days: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday (We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and July 4.)  Time: 7:00 am – 1 pm (If you arrive after 7:45, and we already have enough volunteers, you may be turned away.)

We ask that all volunteers commit for the full day. It is difficult to keep our kitchen running efficiently when volunteers decide to leave at their convenience. Thank you.


Hospitality Kitchen
821 E. 6th Street (on the corner of 6th St. and Gladys Ave.)
L.A. 90021
(323) 267-8789 Hennacy House of Hospitality
Driving Directions to Kitchen

We always welcome new volunteers to assist in preparing and serving meals at our kitchen. One or two people who want to volunteer can come on any serving day. However, if three to five want to volunteer together, please call our house (323) 267-8789 to schedule a day, as we consider that a group. Please be advised that we do not allow groups to show up without being scheduled.


We do not accept volunteers working for school service requirements or other forms of community service hours during Spring break, and from Thanksgiving to New Year. We do not have the space to accommodate the many people who wish to volunteer during this time period.

BACKGROUND: Our soup kitchen, commonly known on the street as “The Hippie Kitchen,” is located in the downtown neighborhood of L.A.’s Skid Row. With more than 60,000 unhoused people in Los Angeles County, including more than 5,000 in the skid row area, with its numerous street encampments, rescue missions, and single-room occupancy hotels, Los Angeles has been dubiously named “the homeless capital of the nation.” Moreover, the 50 square block area known as Skid Row is also the most policed area in the nation.

Over the years we have collected stories from some of our volunteers. You can read them from 2009, 2005, 2004.

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  1. I have a delicious recipe for beans. If it is okay with you I would like to share it with you.
    You will have to adjust for a large quantity. I think I can provide the spices.
    Cooked White Moroccan Beans (or Pinto beans)

    1 Large Pot:
    1 lb. White Beans or Pinto Beans

    Cover with water and soak overnight. Then throw out the water from the beans. Cover the uncooked beans again with fresh water and cook for about 1½ hour. Check the beans every ½ hour to see if more water needs to be added.

    1 Sauce Pan:
    1½ Tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
    4 Cloves Fresh Garlic
    ½ Can Tomato Sauce
    ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro Finely Chopped
    ½ Tsp Ginger Powder
    ½ Tsp Black Pepper
    ½ Tsp Cumin Powder
    2 Cubes Beef or Chicken Bouillon
    1 Pinch Saffron (Yellow)
    1 Tsp Salt (To Taste)

    Cook about 8 minutes. Add sauce to beans after they have cooked for 1 hour. Continue cooking.
    Beans should be firm Beans should be soft and tender. There should be enough sauce.
    The recipe should not be too dry, soupy or spicy.

  2. thank you and keep up the good work .the world needs more people like you guys

      • Elizabeth on June 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    • Patricia Nunez on September 13, 2007 at 3:00 pm
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    Hello Catholic workers! Just wanted to say how much fun I had volunterring during the summer. I had a blast. I’m actually trying to find a date where I can bring a group of volunteers from my community service organization to come and help the kitchen. Hope to see you all soon.



    • Jon Nuanez on March 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm
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    I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful service you all provide. I’m so glad that the meals are so nutritious and tasty. I go back for seconds and sometimes thirds, so kudos to you all. Maybe I can volunteer sometime; I’ll let you know (and I would be happy to do so).

    • Tricia Cotroneo on March 30, 2008 at 12:06 pm
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    My father and I volunteered on 3/29. Everyone at the Kitchen was friendly and made us feel very welcomed. I will definitely come back within a month to volunteer with friends. I am a teacher and the Student Council moderator at St. Pius X school in Santa Fe Springs. I am always looking for for something for my students to get involved in. Unfortunately, my students are too young to work in the Kitchen, but if you need donations (can goods, blankets, jackets…), please do not hesitate to contact me.

  3. Hi this is Jack, I am one your regular patrons, I the one who usually goes to the Gregorian Chants at the Hospitality House.

    I just wanted to take the time to express my heart felt thanks and appreciation for all your service to so many needy people.

    Such love and compassion is so hard to come by in the world today. Truly, your loyalty and dedication to the easing of suffering is exemplary and heart-warming.

    More than any facility in or around the Skid Row area, the Hippie Kitchen is by far, the most recommended place to eat.

    You fine people go out of your way to cook, transport and lovingly serve an incredible amount of food, not to mention all of the others service to you provide us.

    This is all things that you do not have to do, but do it anyway. It saddens me sometimes, that some people don’t even appreciation what you do for them, but you faithfully do your part.

    A lot of us homeless people however count your organization as a true blessing.

    I know that I speak for many when I say “Thank You”.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Jack Hornbeck

    “Feed my sheep” – Jesus

    • Pat Yost on May 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm
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    I just wanted to let you know that few folks and I from JustFaith had the honor of serving at the Hippy Kitchen a few years ago. It left an impact on my life. A small group of started a program, Many Meals of Camarillo, in July 2009, serving a hot meal for 31 people. We are now serving over 100. They are now mostly regulars and families in need. We also have a free clothes give-a-way every three months. If you want to learn more about us go to Peace and blessings, Pat Yost

      • Jessica Aguilar on July 29, 2021 at 9:18 am
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      I wanted to know what times you serve breakfast, lunch & dinner at the Hippie Kitchen? I also wanted to know if you provide toiletries to the homeless?

      1. Hi Jessica,
        We only serve one meal–brunch–on each serving day, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. We serve from 9:15 to 12 noon. Yes, we provide toiletries. We provide different items on each serving day.



    • Linda Nkemere on December 25, 2010 at 12:30 am
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    I absolutely adore this soup kitchen. It’s one of the only places where I can come in unannounced, as long as I’m on time, and help out anyway I can. The Hippie Kitchen serves hundreds of people every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday based on the generous donations of the community and city. I’m grateful that there is a place like this in existence and hopefully I can come in again and help out one of these Saturdays.

    May all the Catholic Workers be blessed and loved

    • Bob Orr on January 21, 2011 at 10:02 am
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    I had the honor of working alongside other volunteers for the first time last Tuesday. I live near Detroit, Michigan and was visiting a friend in LA. We prepared a hardy lunch of lentil soup, salad, toasted bagels and chocolate milk. Doing a variety of tasks throughout the morning and circulating among the guests in the garden during lunch gave me a first look at the ministry of the soup kitchen. A visiting group from Seattle was doing pedicures. The presence of Dorthy Day could be felt in the camaradie of the volunteers. The picture of Fr. Dan Berrigan which greets volunteers reminded me of his joyful witness to the incarnation of peace and love in our troubled world. Thank you Catholic workers! You truly labor in the Lord’s vineyard.

  4. Such a great job you are doing – what a blessing it must be to the hundreds you bless every week. God Bless you and everyone who is involved!

    • David b on December 29, 2012 at 11:21 am
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    You are an asset to our community is an understatement !

    Thank You

    Dave B

    • William E.King on December 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm
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    L.A. Catholic Workers strive to emulate Christ. I’m a better person for having crossed their pathes.

    • aimee peterson on January 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm
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    I was hoping to volunteer with a few folks on Jan 12 2013. Would a full day preparing and serving be 7:30am to 1ish? I will have 4 or more people with me, is there a limit to the number of volunteers you can accommodate?

    1. Greetings of peace, Aimee:

      You would have to call the house – 323-267-8789 – to see if the date is open. If no other group is scheduled then you are fine. However, if another group is already scheduled, then you will have to sign up on another date. Our limit for a group is five. Hours are 7:30 to 12:30. Blessings.



    • Octavio Gamboa on July 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    Today, I observed the beauty of our humanity in different shades of color…. Blues blending with gold, green mixing with purple and yellow with a crimson red…. By this I mean the color of people’s vibrant souls shining and smiling at each other, caring to be kind, talking to one another in the magnificent light of the day… embracing each other with a generous kind touch…. gently stepping next to each other in word and deed as to bring in more warmth to the light of our humanity…. Glorious indeed to behold at the ‘Hippie Kitchen’ in spite of the national attention of hatred and animosity and injustice…. There is glory to be had….. when one truly bathes in the light of the majesty of our own beautiful humanity…. One just has to look…. And I am so grateful to be able to see this majestic view… so grateful!!

    Muchisimas Gracias….. for your loving hearts each and everyone of you!


    • Angie Freeman on January 13, 2015 at 9:46 pm
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    I had the pleasure of spending my morning today in the presence of angels, at the Hippie Kitchen. Hours later, I’m still so thoroughly charged and inspired that I can’t wait to go back! In these days of such political empathy and unrest, socioeconomic distress and disparity, and racism, it’s emphatically gratifying to be witness to such positivity and comaraderie, among guests and volunteers alike. I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to Jeff and Catherine and all at LA Catholic Worker to make it operate as the well-oiled and efficient machine that it is. The campus itself is an impressive oasis in the midst of the jungle that is Skid Row, and I am so grateful to have been a party to that enterprise today. There were ladies there from Washington, I believe, that were doing foot care, and it was so reminiscent of folk taking Jesus’ actions and following them to the letter, fulfilling and heart-warming to witness. We only need more angels: as a nurse, I was disappointed to see that the medical clinic is now defunct. More work to be done!
    Keep up the good work, LA Catholic Worker!


    • Susan Amsden on December 15, 2017 at 11:57 am
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    This December 26th will be my 10th monthly time in 2017 showing up at the Hippie Kitchen to work. Usually I do my best to round up my limit of four more people from my Spiritual Center in Granada Hills ( This day after Christmas needs more folks, so I even asked beyond my faith community. As of this moment, I have TEN OTHER PEOPLE to join us. I am both excited and humbled to have started my “pet project” and to have others to bring. THANK YOU! By far, my monthly commitment to serve our homeless friends has been the most spiritually transforming commitment I have yet to make in my 68-3/4 years on the planet. Those who continue to make this effort possible, starting with Dorothy Day, herself, as well as the people of all ages I meet every time I go (both servers and “clientele”) have a growing and special place in my opening heart. As Nike says, JUST DO IT. I suggest you might never, EVER be the same – specially if you are dealing with big topics like “compassion,” “reciprocity,” “balance” and “Grace.”

    • Gloria on May 1, 2018 at 8:14 pm
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    I love the CW..Say hi to my aunt Catherine n Jeff 🙂

    • Prentiss Jenkins on May 21, 2018 at 7:21 am
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    The Hippie Kitchen is DOPE MAN! They pedicured my feet and I still feel like I am walking on soft balls of cotton. Thanks guys! You are truly hip and groovy. Jenkins.

    • Emily Gonzalez on July 7, 2018 at 9:01 pm
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    Whats the youngest volunteer age that you accept? My brother is 11 and he wants to help.

    1. Hi Emily,

      We do not have a set age limit. It really depends on the attention span of the individual person. We have had individuals as young as 8 who had very good attention span and were eager and followed directions, yet had individuals who were 10 years old but had a very short attention span or had difficulty following directions whereby we could not use them in any of the serving positions.

    • Warnetta Rickman on August 16, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    Best Place Ever!! The Luv Is Amazing…. Wonderful Beans And Charity..

    • Richard Surwillo on September 15, 2018 at 10:59 am
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    Why has the kitchen been closed for two consecutive Saturdays? This is unprecedented.

    • Pamela Walls on October 9, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    I’m an advocate to the people of skid row and I see you are serving too. Today a woman gave me a green chili cheese tamale from the Hippie Kitchen from breakfast. It was the best and still warm. I’ve eaten your delicious beans and salad. What I really want to say is ‘thank you’ and God bless. I love tamales, especially green chilli and cheese. I want to make it back on Thursday to see if you have any tamales left.

    • Nancy Calderon on February 8, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    Hello,I want to know if you take canned food and beans donations. I would like to donate some food recently given to me by beautiful souls but it’s too much for me. I want to pass it along.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      It depends on the quantity and the expiration date. We cannot take donations of canned goods or staples that are overly expired.

      Thank you for thinking of us.



    • Carlo Jimenez on April 30, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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    My name is Carlo Jimenez and I was hoping to volunteer at Hippie Kitchen with a friend during the early afternoon and or late morning on the following dates: Thursday, June 6th Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th. I have volunteered at the kitchen twice before with my school as part of immersion trips and absolutely loved the experience. If this would be at all possible I would really appreciate it and we would love to help out the center in any way possible. Please let me know and I look forward to your response.

    Carlo Jiménez

    1. Hello Carlo,

      The Hippie Kitchen is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. We ask that our volunteers be there between 7:30 and 7:45am and commit to 1pm. You are welcome to join us during those days and hours. It is not possible to arrive later. Thank you.



    • Edwin on May 20, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    Hello, my friend and I would love to volunteer at the Hospitality Kitchen, and I was wondering what the process is in order to volunteer. Do we just show up on the day of, or do we have to schedule a date? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hey Edwin, one or two people are able come on any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at 7:30 until 12:30. If its more than one or two folks we ask them to call ahead to sign up as a group. If you have any other questions you can call us at 323-267-8789 or check out our volunteer page

  5. Hey guys! I have been very happy to eat with you whenever I find DTLA is safe to live. Before 1994 and after 2004 or so it seems far too dangerous. Once I woke up in an Ambulance all bloody — someone had smashed my face with a skateboard and taken my black-berry phone and bag! It was the second black-berry I had lost to a violent robbery. It was probably on several cameras but the police care not to bother themselves with such trivial games!
    My friend John said I need to go to the house for Thanksgiving dinner but I doubt I will make it back there…I am closer to Santa Monica lately. It’s worth the move!

    • Sanjiv Sarma on April 13, 2020 at 9:25 am
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    Great job keeping open.
    Your devoted work to helping us poor is very highly commendable.
    Food for the soul as well as food for the body.
    Keep up the good work.
    God bless you all.

    • Alex on August 5, 2021 at 7:42 pm
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    I am living out of the area so it has been a while since I volunteered but I really appreciate having had the opportunity to serve with such a dedicated group of people. I have many memories from the few times that I worked there but one of them was the advice to see the “Christ” in everyone you serve. I wish everyone in the world, even if just for one day, could take this to heart. Imagine what we could achieve!

    • Janet M James on April 10, 2022 at 5:37 pm
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    Hi I am interested in volunteering

    • Daniel Daring on October 23, 2022 at 7:45 pm
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    I just wanted to say thank you, I was homeless on Skid Row, 2005/2006. I looked forward to the great food at your facility.
    it warmed my heart and kept my spirit up, cozy area with the little library at the time. your place made a difference in my life reset.

    I now live 2 states up and have built success, How can I help return my appreciation?

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