Bristol Lodge

Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen is located at Immanuel Methodist Church in Waltham.  Supper is served for 40-80 people every evening at 5:00 p.m. About half of those served are residents of the Bristol Lodge Shelters for men and women.  Local community and church groups cook and serve the meals provided at the soup kitchen. The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland is one of these groups that provides meals to those in need of a warm and hearty meal.   

To volunteer to serve at Bristol Lodge, please sign-up here for one of the remaining months of the year. There are two slots per month. 

If you have volunteered and you need the shopping list, address or the "how-to" instructions, please read the Guide to Bristol Lodge Volunteering 2024.


Robert Mosher Sr. along with his wife Cindy of Weston, MA brought this program to the attention of The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland in 1995.  Once a month, the Moshers cooked a meal of spaghetti and meatballs and created a schedule of Weston and Wayland Rotarians who took turns serving the food at Bristol Lodge on the third Thursday of each month.  For almost 30 years, The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland continues this community outreach.

For a period of about 3 years, we received help from the Weston High School cooking classes to prepare the meal but in the past year, we returned to having Rotarians take turns preparing the meal.  Rotarians shop for the ingredients and then cook enough spaghetti and meatballs for about 80 people.  "It sounds daunting at first, but in reality, it is a pretty easy meal to prepare," said Edwin Gaw who has prepared the meals many times and often gets help from his two daughters.

"We look to get engagement from our entire club," says Rob Mosher, who, following his parent's lead, now organizes the volunteers.  "It's a great way to invite your family or friends to help you out in shopping and/or food prep.  Although one person can do the work pretty easily, it's more fun with a helper and it's a great way to engage with our family and our broader community to do good work for a great cause."


“I have served dinners at Bristol Lodge for over 20 years. It is heart-warming when the guests at Bristol Lodge are so enthusiastic and grateful for the meals we provide.” Cindy Appleby Spencer