The Food Center

St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding the hungry, homeless and working poor in the County’s largest city through its 13,500 square-foot Food Center located in downtown St. Petersburg where the vast majority of the homeless and impoverished congregate and live. The Food Center provides three well-balanced, nutritious meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner - 365 days a year to those who frequent its doors for sustenance. It is also a place where the low-income and homeless men and women of downtown St. Petersburg gather for shelter, clothing, showers, medical care and legal advice.

While there are a few smaller agencies in the City that provide some meals to those sheltered on their premises, SVDP’s Food Center is unique in that it does not have a “captive” clientele. Its clientele is anyone who needs a meal and has registered and holds a SVDP/TBIN ID card. The only prerequisite for service that is refused only if someone has been trespassed for cause. Partnering with 211 Tampa Bay Cares, the TBIN ID card is part of a collaborative program designed to foster communication between health and human service providers, track trends in service delivery, and gain an unduplicated count of clients accessing services.

Averaging close to 600 meals a day or 219,000 a year, the Food Center is the largest facility of its kind in St. Petersburg and one of the largest in the United States. 

The City’s growing homeless population, coupled with the hundreds who have lost jobs in the depressed economy or are living at or near the poverty level, underscore the major role SVDP has in feeding the community’s most vulnerable citizens to whom it is a lifeline.

 Hours of Operation 

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Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Breakfast






8:00 a.m.

NOBREAKFAST

Lunch

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12:00 p.m.

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12:00 p.m.

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12:00 p.m.

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12:00 p.m.

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12:00 p.m.

No Lunch

11:00 a.m. -

12:00 p.m.

Dinner

7:00 p.m. -

8:00 p.m.

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8:00 p.m.

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8:00 p.m.

No Dinner

6:00 p.m. -

7:00 p.m.