The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry was established in 1984 when the Soup Kitchen first opened its doors. The Soup Kitchen provided hot meals for those in need in the Ch’town area. Two years later the Food Bank was opened to provide even more assistance with monthly food hampers. Over the past 30+ years, the demands of the Upper Room have increased as more families and individuals experience financial hardship and food insecurity. Both facilities are now run by paid staff and volunteers. The organization relies exclusively on donations of both food and funds. Many local farmers, businesses, churches, groups and individuals supply the Upper Room with non perishable food items, fresh meat, veggies and fruit, as well as financial donations. This non profit charity is run by a Board of Directors comprised of members of the local community. The board works with staff and volunteers to raise funds, organize food drives, and raise awareness about the work and requirements of the charity as it strives to help those less fortunate. The Upper Room is a member of the Canadian Association of Food Banks, and organizes the distribution of food to other food banks and soup kitchens in the province through the PEI Food Banks.