Soup Kitchens provide a hot meal, usually prepared by volunteers or agency staff and served to people who lack the resources needed to buy food. The food is served to people who line up at an appointed time, and participants rarely need to establish eligibility for the service. Some serve meals daily, others weekly or monthly.
Congregate Meal Sites are usually run through senior centers and serve a daily hot meal to the program participants. This can be a major help for older people who live independently but have trouble cooking for themselves.