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)
A friend of mine, who struggled with addiction, among other issues had a psychotic break and needed a lot of essential support after leaving the hospital. With no place to go Bread and Life was there just when he was in the greatest need of his life. They evaluated him with compassion, organized appointments with mental and medical staff and social workers there, and got him the urgently needed services to get his life back on track. They did this and I am happy to say today he has reentered the work force, has his own apartment and is a functioning and productive member of society.