My Brother's Table, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 98 Willow St Lynn MA 01901 USA

Mission: Founded in 1982 and rooted in the Judeo-Christian ethics of love of God and neighbor, My Brother's Table stands ready to feed the hungry and to serve all who come in need regardless of race, color, creed or sex. Meals are provided in an atmosphere of welcome wherein guests are treated with love and dignity. Through the congeniality of table service, staff and volunteers may build a caring relationship with guests. My Brother's Table neither seeks nor receives any United Way or government funds and relies solely on the community for support. We believe that we are better able to serve our guests without funding sources that would require us to ask intrusive eligibility-related questions. We further believe that treating people with respect includes allowing them to determine for themselves whether or not they need help. We are the largest volunteer organization in the City of Lynn, utilizing 2,500 volunteers annually from all walks of life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

MBT is a great place to volunteer. You get to work in the kitchen making the dinners and then you serve the food in the cafeteria. It's usually very busy at first and then it slows down so you can take the time to talk to the people who eat there. There are a lot of characters! It's really organized and clean and it's a big place but it doesn't feel like a factory. Everyone is very nice and it's rewarding to help out. Try it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I learned a lot and had a really good time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have breakfast for people too.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love My Brother's Table!!! I've been coming since I started at English and we really like it. It's really fun if you come with a group but you can come alone or with another person. There are people from a lot of places you might know some of them. You should go!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I came with school

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more my brothe'r s table in other places

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Rating: 3 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The guests and volunteers are what makes My Brother's Table special. What makes My Brother's Table subpar is the disorganization and ineptitude of the Board and the front office staff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Focus on serving the guests within the context of their needs as it says n the organization's website.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting and interacting with the guests and volunteers

Ways to make it better...

the front office staff and Board of Directors would not compromise the mission.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to continue the mission considering the direction the Board and upper management have chosen to take.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I volunteer at My Brother's Table once a month as part of our church group and as an individual once a week. MBT is an excellent organization and feeds a lot of people with limited resources.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and good to work with

Ways to make it better...

Do not know

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funds and uncertain support by the City of Lynn

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with My Brothers Table since day one and think it does a superb job in serving those in need. Unfortunately because of a severe back problem I can no longer take an active part in the meal program but try my best to help in raising funds.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting the needs of many individuals in the community in a most hospitable fashion.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting wonderful guests, staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate and caring individuals

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create an endowment alleviating future fiscal worries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I volunteer at lunch one day each week and for the main meal on one Saturday a month (18 years now). There can be no experience like it: the volunteers are friendly and dedicated; the guests could not be nicer nor more appreciative of what is made available to them. The meals are nutritious, and other services provided are a great bonus for the guests. It is a service of great necessity in Lynn. I can't imagine my life without being one of its volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing some of the guests no longer needing its services, but knowing that it is there for anyone needing its services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make a plan to keep the pantry organized and do a better job of volunteer coordination (not have too many or few volunteers for meal prep).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting other friendly and dedicated volunteers, and knowing somehow I'm helping people in need (of whom but for the grace of God I could be one).

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, dedicated and eager to work at anything needing to be done.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it could find its own home and no longer have to be concerned about pleasing "outsiders".

Ways to make it better...

the pantry were more organized and there was a consistency to donations.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial funding and consistent food donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Serving the guests is so filled with satisfaction. I thank God I can be one to serve and not be one in need of a meal.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been helping at My Brothers Table for many years. Currently I go one day a week to do whatever is needed. Sometimes there are vegetables to be cut, sandwiches to be made, fruit to be plated and there is always food to be put away in the dry goods pantry. The most rewarding is the service of our guests. They are appreciative and generally gracious. I enjoy bringing young people (high schoolers) periodically to serve. They love the experience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to serve the least of God's people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Other volunteers are generous with their time and fun to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide more services to rehabilitate those who desire to change their behaviors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My Brother's Table is a great place to go if you want to meet some great volunteers and if you want to meet some very nice people. It's ok if you dont know how to cook. Its ok if you are nervous to talk people you dont know. No matter what there is always something you can do to help. Its a safe and fun place to volunteer, and if you are nervous or hesitant about volunteering, this is a great first place to start.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the nicest people you could ever meet. They were welcoming, kind, and helpful. If you are a first time volunteer they guide you so that you can help to your best abilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My Brothers Table is truly a place that welcomes everyone and feels more like a community kitchen than a "soup kitchen." I've served there but even more often, go to eat with the guests to learn from them and hear their stories and give my family an experience to interact with folks from different walks of life. Only at MBT could that happen so easily around such good food!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create a culinary institute to train folks with culinary skills and start a micro-business canning foods, etc as well as open up a cafe/coffee shop!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Ihave been a volunteer cook once a month for a number of years. It has been a very rewarding experience, especially when the guests send compliments to the cook. Usually, the guests are appreciative and polite and it is a blessing to me and my fellow volunteers to serve them. The group of volunteers on that day are people the I have happily come to know and to respect their dedication to serve. As donations have fallen, it has become more of a challage to meet the needs of providing a meal for 150-200 guests at the Table. My Brother's Table has and continues to manage to be a provider for the increasing number of needy guests.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the rewards of providing a good meal to desrving people

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The volunteers and guests with whom I have interacted

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and reliable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide additional help, e.g., housing assistance, day care , rehab therapy

Ways to make it better...

There were more funds to ensure an adequacy of services ongoing

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having sufficient funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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