St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program

* Cancellation - here's how you can help.

The St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program has closed and will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. Our parish had been scheduled to serve dinner on April 29, 2020. The guests who rely on this meal program are quite vulnerable. St. Vincent de Paul staff and volunteers are reaching out with support via phone calls. Some are being mailed gift certificates to redeem for food and/or used appliances. Their funding is dwindling.

Financial support would be appreciated during this difficult time. A donation link can be found on their Facebook page, and website, Checks can also be mailed to their office and designated for SVDP Conference assistance. The address is:

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee
9601 W. Silver Spring Drive
Milwaukee WI 53225

Your prayerful consideration is appreciated.

St. Elizabeth Ann provides dinner for the north site of St. Vincent de Paul, located at 2nd and Clarke - just north of North Ave. and east of Martin Luther King Drive. We serve dinner whenever there is a fifth Wednesday in a month. 

i8wxati26fey4zlvowqrw2j5rwl.jpgMost food is purchased and prepared by the committee chair. The day of the meal, food is delivered and final preparation takes place at St. Vincent de Paul. A couple of volunteers are needed at 3:00 to transport food into the basement kitchen and begin preparation for dinner.  About ten volunteers are needed in all. Those helping with the meal either carpool from church, leaving at 4:15, or drive directly to the site. Upon arrival at the site, volunteers help with final meal preparation and then serve dinner to the attendees. Dinner is served from 5:50-6:15 pm. Some cleanup is done by our volunteers with the St. Vincent de Paul staff washing the dishes and doing the final clean up. Volunteers depart by about 6:45 pm. While serving dinner, our volunteers interact with guests, offering a welcoming environment. The number of guests varies widely. We have served as few as 100 guests and over 500.

Parishioners interested in volunteering at the meal should contact Cindy Schaus at 414-405-4086.  Those interested in helping with this ministry are contacted early in the month of each meal. Volunteers are asked to respond as to whether they are able to serve the meal.  There is never pressure to volunteer if schedules are not open that day.  Older children accompanied by parents and teenagers are welcome to volunteer. It’s a great eye-opening experience for them!! No particular skills are needed, but it is necessary to stand for about an hour. Big smiles and friendly attitudes add much to the experience.

Date: 5th Wednesday in a month
Time: Approximately 4:15 -7:00 PM, including travel time from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Location: St. Vincent de Paul – 2nd & Clarke at the Harambee Kitchen in All People’s Church
Contact: Cindy Schaus, 414-405-4086, or send us a message

azbk7071z94hlaqb4numy4ct8ul.jpgIn addition to those who serve the meal, parishioners are asked to bake cowboy cookies for dessert. A sign-up sheet is placed in the gathering space a couple of weeks prior to the meal and a recipe is provided. Cookies are delivered to the church and taken to St. Vincent de Paul by the volunteers. Many generous bakers provide delicious cookies that are greatly enjoyed by the guests at the meal program!


½ Cup Butter Flavor Crisco or Margarine
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Regular Oatmeal
½ Cup Chocolate Chips
¼ Cup Chopped Walnuts

Cream shortenings, sugars, add egg and vanilla. Add salt, soda, powder, cinnamon, and flour.  Mix thoroughly.  Mix in oatmeal and other optional ingredients.  Drop cookies onto baking sheet and bake 350 degrees 10-12 minutes.

The recipe makes about four dozen cookies.

Click here to download a printable copy of the recipe