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My Brother's Table, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Congregate Meals, Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Programs, Meals on Wheels

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.

Programs: Hunger resources program - provides daily meals to hungry, wic education and infant formula, nutrition education, food stamp assistance, meals to those confined to homes and those incarcerated, free medical clinic, and art therapy. Serves approximately 186,000 meals annually.

volunteer program - plans and coordinates approximately 25 individuals/day for preparing, catering or clean-up in conjunction with the hunger resources program

advocacy program - works with area social service agencies and community development on strategies for health care, housing and employment, and legal services for area needy and homeless

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer and donor for years. Many of us from Nynex used to serve there when it was on Union St. It was a wonderful experience. The directors through the years are so dedicated. The guests are made to feel very welcomed. And, at Christmas we used to wrap new sweaters, socks, mittens and scarves and each gusest got four gifts.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My Brother's Table is an amazing organization and the Charity of our choice. It provides a welcoming place for the many people who would go hungry without it. It also provides all types of services for the guests.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As co-coordinator of the Star of the Sea "meatloaf night" I was at the Table every other month for about 20 years, serving the food made by our 20+ cooks. More recently, my husband and I have only cooked the food at home and have discontinued serving. It was wonderful to see the many people helped each night and to accept their thanks for making their days a little easier. It was a wonderful experience and continues to be so.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Guests and volunteers enjoy a warm family relationship that is very heart warming. I look forward to volunteering. MBT has a long history serving those in need in the Lynn community, and constantly provides excellent meals 365 days per year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at MBT for years. My 3 children love to help out in the kitchen and serving the clients. It is a great activity that makes one and all feel good.