St. Martin de Porres
St. Martin de Porres Parish photo courtesy of Jeffrey Smith

The Claver House endeavors to feed the hungry with love and respect in a Christian atmosphere that reflects Christ’s message …”That whatever you do for the least of my people, you do for Me.” We strive to treat each guest of Claver House as we ourselves would want to be treated.

In 1980, Fr. Bernie Boff and a group of dedicated volunteers met a need by starting to feed their neighbors at the former St. Teresa of Avila Parish on Dorr Street. Some of those original volunteers still work at Claver House to serve the poor and hungry among us. 

Years later, the ministry moved into the basement of the rectory at St. Martin de Porres Parish. A diverse, dedicated, ever changing group of volunteers continues to feed hungry clients. We are an all volunteer organization.  Our volunteers dedicate one day a week to prepare and serve a hot meal for the needy in the Swayne Field neighborhood.  Our volunteers come from all over metro Toledo and represent Catholic and non-Catholic faiths. Through the generosity of many businesses, Catholic parishes, Catholic schools, and many loving friends, we are able to to live Jesus' words: "feed my people." The need, unfortunately, never ends.

Hours of Operation
  • Monday through Friday 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
  • Closed holidays.


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                  O'Connell Council #386
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