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Who We Are

El Caldito is a community based volunteer organization, with 3 part-time employees (a kitchen manager, a security guard, and a custodian). Dedicated volunteers perform all the tasks necessary in a kitchen to process and store food, prepare and serve meals, and clean up afterwards.  We are open 8AM to 1PM  preparing and serving a midday meal.

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El Caldito Soup Kitchen has been collecting food and providing meals for the homeless and the poverty-afflicted population of Las Cruces and its surrounding rural communities for more than 30 years. It was founded January 1984, offering a mid-day meal twice a week. The kitchen was relocated to its present dedicated facility in 1998. In 2004, services were expanded to 5 days a week. The program was further enhanced in December 2004 to provide a carry-out sack lunch on Saturday and in early 2010, Sunday lunch was added.

Board Members

Gabe Anaya  (President)

Richard Lohmeyer  (Vice President)

Julie Boxer (Secretary)

Dennis Broske (Treasurer)

Candace Gilfillan (Grants)

Bob Hearn

Teresa Phillips

Sandy Vice Murray

Scott Murray

Herb Francis

Funding Sources

Civic, Fraternal, & Faith-Based Organizations
Corporations and Local Businesses
The Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces (Empty Bowls)
Individual Donors

Public Grants

 City of Las Cruces

State of New Mexico

Wells Fargo Foundation Community Connection Grant

To Volunteer Call 575 525-3831


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