Brother Benno’s Center

Brother Benno’s was started by Harold and Kay Kutler as a Soup Kitchen in downtown Oceanside. They named it after Brother Benno Garrity, a Benedictine monk who was well known for his tireless service to the poor in the Oceanside area. The first meal was served on October 21, 1983; and Brother Benno himself made a big cauldron of soup at his abbey and brought it to the little house that bore his name. For the first few years, those who came to the Kitchen were mainly street people. Now most of our guests are the working poor (parents and children who struggle on a daily basis for their most basic needs), the disabled, and low-income senior citizens. In order to provide these needs, Brother Benno’s has expanded its services beyond food


Hot meals Monday through Friday, 6:30 to 8:00 a.m., and Saturday, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.; bus passes for medical and court appointments; families with children, senior citizens, and the disabled are eligible to receive one or more family food boxes (depending on size of household) once a month; men's and women's residential substance abuse recovery program; scholarships; free clothing and blankets; hot showers and hygiene items; laundry facilities; mail and telephone service; replacement I.D.'s and/or birth certificates; rent and utility assistance; prescription assistance; access to a children's reading room; aid to military personnel and veterans.

Payment Options:

Homeless and/or low income


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