Anti-Hunger Programs

Galley Serving Site:

Saint John's Episcopal Church in the Church Hall at the rear of the building
158 West High Street
Somerville, NJ 08876

Meals Served Between 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Established November 18, 1992



The vast majority of all the food items used to feed the low income and needy among us through our Anti-Hunger Programs are donated.

Volunteers from faith communities, organizations, clubs, corporations and individuals helped prepare and serve the meals. God Bless them all!

SHIP's Galley is a program of and service provided by the SHIP's Anti-Hunger Program. The Galley was established in the Fall of 1992 as a response to need for an on site meal program to feed the hungry in our region. It is operated by SHIP with the support of faith communities, organizations and other volunteers whose purpose it is to provide a nutritious meal to any person in need. The meals are served to anyone in need regardless of age, race, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, residence or any other qualification. Our "open door" policy means that anyone in need is welcome to partake of this service.

It is our policy to provide:

- a meal to anyone who is hungry
- a meal free of charge.
- respect the guest's anonymity.
- the meal in a friendly atmosphere.
- treat the guests with dignity.

SHIP's Galley is primarily staffed by volunteers from area faith communities and caring individuals of the greater Somerset County area. To administer the service, SHIP's Galley employs a part-time director. The food items served are donated by participating faith communities, schools and community organizations. Volunteers from the participating faith communities cook, prepare, serve and clean up after the meals are served.

Saint John's Episcopal Church, in Somerville has graciously offer its facilities as a host site. Meals are served there Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and on the third Tuesday of each week of the year, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.


SHIP, the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program, Inc. is funded primarily by donations received from area churches, groups, and individuals. Every dollar counts -- no donation is too small! SHIP is responsible for site insurance, trash removal, provision of supplies and other commodities not donated and maintaining the site used.

SHIP's Office number 908-393-9545

Galley Serving Site:
Saint John's Episcopal Church
Church Hall in the rear of the building
158 West High Street, Somerville, NJ 08876

Volunteer and Food Donation drop off information

Start up time: 11:00am

Food donations needing to be heated must be at Galley by 11:00am in order to be heated for serving at 12:30pm

Finish time: 2:pm

Parking in designated areas (see Galley Director)

Galley Crew needed: Each crew should consist of 8 to 10 volunteers

Each crew needs to elect a captain (leader-contact person)

The captain should appoint a volunteer to help coordinate the crews activities

Crew activities include:

- gathering and preparing the necessary food items
- delivery of food items to Galley
- set up and break down of Galley dining room & kitchen

Each Crew provides

- 7 - 8 casseroles - 10" x 12" x 3" to 4" deep - (no deeper than 4') make a variety of casseroles
- 2 vegetables dishes - 10" x 12" x 3" to 4" deep - (no deeper than 4")
- salad and salad dressing
- 3 large white bread (sliced)
- 50 to 60 pieces of fruit
- 1 large container of iced tea mix
- 1/2 gallon of milk
- 2 gallons of soup
- desserts - optional

SHIP’s Galley Director: Michael Brown

Michael Brown: Michael is a graduate of Plainfield High School . He further expanded he education and completed 2 years of training at the Health Care Institute in Union County . Michael formerly served as our Mobile Soup Kitchen - Disaster Unit Operator.

SHIP's Galley Crews

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat"

Bradley Gardens Reformed Church
Bridgewater Senior Citizens
Bridgewater United Methodist Church
Catholic Council of Women at
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church
Church of the Immaculate Conception
Faith Lutheran Church
First United Methodist Church
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church
Immaculata High School Campus Ministry
Lamington Presbyterian Church
Mount Horeb United Methodist Church
Saint John's Episcopal Church
Saint Martin's Episcopal Church
SHIP's famous Galley Floaters
Temple Sholom Mitzvah Committee
Three Bridges Reformed Church
United Reformed Church .
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Centers of Bridgewater, East Brunswick and Edison Township on the 3rd Tuesday of the month

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