Stepping Stone Mission: About Us


Stepping Stone Mission was founded on the vision of ensuring that all individuals, regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or handicap, have access to at least one hot meal per day.

We are reaching out to those in need and provide them resources to sustain themselves in the present, while looking forward to a more fulfilling future.

We are also working to eliminate hunger and homelessness in the Franklin County Community by providing free food to people who have become victims of unfortunate circumstances and cannot meet their own basic needs.


Stepping Stone Mission was founded in 2006 with the vision of serving individuals in need of food while offering the opportunity to learn about Christ through the example of committed Christian volunteers.

Founder and President Joanne Patterson envisioned a place where the hungry could go for a hot meal each and every day, even on holidays. This vision became what is now known locally as "The Soup Kitchen." It is the only of its kind in the Rocky Mount area and has grown to serve over 1,250 meals monthly.

The vision also includes a homeless shelter. Plans for the shelter are in progress and Stepping Stone Mission is seeking funding for both the planning and construction phases.

Board of Directors

Stepping Stone Mission is governed by the following volunteer Board Members:

  • Gary Grenier, Chair (Retired)
  • Stephanie Grenier (Anthem)
  • Paul E. Corn, Ph.D. (Retired)
  • Ruth Carey (R.N.)
  • George W. Carlson (Retired)
  • Christine Defibaugh (Realtor)
  • Susan Hughes (Pastoral Assistant)


The Mission is directed by founder Joanne Patterson. It is operated by over 138 volunteers who; with the help of a part-time Kitchen Manager, prepare and serve food for the soup kitchen.


Soup Kitchen Hours

The soup kitchen is located at 565 Diamond Avenue in Rocky Mount, Virginia.
Hours: The Mission is open 365 days a year from 11:45 - 12:45 PM.
The office is open everyday from 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM.

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Rules for participation and acceptance are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.


Physical Address:
565 Diamond Avenue
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 141
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151

Ph: 540.483.9018

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