Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Andacollo, located at Ricardo Cumming and Mapocho (Santiago Centro), serves lunch to the needy of the neighborhood daily Monday through Saturday. Many of our guests are elderly, living alone, and the meal offers a special time for feeding the soul through community as much as feeding the stomach. If you have time available anywhere within the period of 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., we can use your heart and your hands at the soup kitchen. If you have time early, it would be food preparation. We serve the meal to our guests, starting at 12:30 p.m., and this is a time where we need additional hands to serve. Naturally, after the meal is served, dishes, cups, and pots remain to be scrubbed. If you can lend some time, we’d be most grateful. Feel free to contact Fr. Pepe Tomei, C.S.C. at his e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also welcome donations of foods, non-perishable is preferred.
Additionally, used clothing is also a welcome donation.
One-hundred years ago, a high school student began to volunteer in our parish and school. He continued to serve not only through high school but into his college years as he studied law. In fact, he wrote his thesis about the value of home labor performed by people in this neighborhood. He discovered his vocation, a call to the priesthood, and joined the Jesuits. When he returned from studies in Europe, he fished a few abandoned children from under a nearby bridge over the Rio Mapocho and began the first Hogar de Cristo just down the street from us. Today, he is known as St. Alberto Hurtado. St. Alberto Hurtado found his vocation at Andacollo, and we trust that you will find joy and satisfaction serving the needy here as he did.