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Frequently Asked Questions



How do I start the process?

It's really simple. Start by securing a commitment from your group of friends or associates that want to make soup together.

Then, go to the Group Bookings section of the Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers web site and check our available dates for soup making at any one of our locations across the country.

When you find a suitable date, just click on that date and begin the registration for your booking.

Please note variations in times, dates, and minimum and maximum group size for each city.

Who provides the recipes and ingredients?

All recipes for Soup Sisters events come from our special repertoire of healthy and nourishing recipes that have been submitted by Chef supporters, Soup Sister and Broth Brothers participants. Many are featured in our bestselling cookbook. The ingredients for all of our soups will be provided by our commercial kitchen partners.

Do we need to bring pots and pans or other kitchen utensils?

No. All pots, pans and cooking utensils will be provided by our commercial kitchen partners.

What are the costs to the group?

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers events are charged at $65 per person to cover the cost of all ingredients, kitchen facilities, Chef facilitator, kitchen staff, your meal and wine at the event.

Can I get a tax receipt for the $65?

The $65 participation fee for a Soup Sisters event covers the expense for use of the venue, equipment, supervision, ingredients for the soups, a Chef or professional facilitator and a culminating meal with wine at every event. This is not a donation to Soup Sisters it is a participation fee. Our program is designed so that the donation is the soup and the generosity of participants for their time.

The Soup Sisters organization does not profit from the $65 participation fee. Soup Sisters is actually a customer of the Culinary Partner and afforded all the benefits of good service, fresh ingredients and operational excellence as any customer would receive. This ensures that the finest ingredients possible are used every time for the soups we provide to women, children and youth. (so the short answer is no)

Can men attend Soup Sisters events?

Absolutely! Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers welcomes men and women at all of our soup-making events.

What do we do with our soup once it is made?

Groups will be provided with 1-litre containers to ensure consistent and safe storage of all soups. Each container will have a customizable label to allow you to name your soup, list every ingredient (for allergy-alerts) and specify your date of packaging. Space on the label is also available to add the name of your group or the individuals who participated in your soup-making event. See sample label below.

Soup label

Many of our soup recipients have a dedicated soup freezer especially for Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers soups for easy access and convenience.

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Containers

Soup is ladled into plastic 1 litre containers that are microwave safe, freezer safe, and PBA free.

Soup container

How can I help network Soup Sisters?

Email our website www.soupsistersusa.org to your friends, family and colleagues encouraging them to book their own soup-making event. Go crazy on socia media! Networking is the key to our growth and sustainability!

Can we make soups at home to donate?

No, unfortunately not. In order to ensure food safety for our recipients all soups must be made within the controlled environment of our partner certified kitchens.

Can we make soups for other organizations?

Currently, Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers makes soups only for our mandated recipients: Emergency Women's Shelters for women and children fleeing domestic abuse and for youth in crisis transitioning from street culture into mainstream society.

Do I need to know how to cook?

Definitely not! All Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers functions will be facilitated by a Chef or professional cook.

What if I am an individual without a group?

You can still make soup! Go to the Bookings section of the Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers web site and check our available dates for soup making at any one of our locations across the country.

When you find a suitable date, just click on that date and begin the registration for your booking.

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is operating 30 events in 22 cities across Canada and the US every month. Hundreds of community people are coming together across the country each month to produce over 10,000 servings of home-made, nurturing and nourishing soups for women, children and youth in crisis.

Since March 2009, Soup Sisters has delivered over half a million containers of soup to over 30 shelter recipients and there is a growing network of more than 25,000 Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers participants.

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is a social purpose enterprise dedicated to providing comfort through the making, sharing and donating of soup.