Mission: Inspired by the spirit of St Vincent DePaul, St. John’s Bread and Life affords itself this mission: to bring food to the poor and accompany them on their journey to wholeness by providing necessary services. We advocate for them, always mindful of the words of St Vincent “to serve others as we would serve Christ”
Geographic areas served: Brooklyn, queens
Programs: Soup kitchen programs: meals and nutrition - the soup kitchen, mobile soup kitchen and food pantry are the heart and soul of the daily work done at the st. John's bread and life program (the program). The program is the largest emergency food provider in brooklyn, the second largest in new york city, feeding approximately 3,500 people a day.
soup kitchen programs: social services - as a registered single stop provider, the social services department of bread and life refers individuals to much needed services, including but not limited to benefits, clothing, financial planning, legal counseling, fresh air fund applications, housing opportunities, literacy training, medical and psychiatric services, work force development and substance abuse counseling. (125 individuals per day)
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WhyHunger, the organization where I work, has been working with St. John's for many years, but I personally got to know them during the summer of 2009. Through the program I oversee, Artists Against Hunger & Poverty, St. John's Bread & Life was invited to raise funds and awareness at a Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire concert in New York City. It was clear from our initial conversations that the people who worked at St. John's were passionate and caring. They put all their energy into the fundraising opportunity at the concert and were one of the top fundraising organizations of the tour. Since then I have toured their facilities and interviewed their clients. The work they do is vital in their community and I will continue to support them both personally and professionally.