Bread for Life History

Shirley Mason Bread for Life stirs a pot of gravy

Bread For Life opened its doors on September 10, 1984. It initially operated three days a week at three different churches, serving 16 people. By 1990, it expanded to a five-day-a-week program. That year it served 10,548 meals.

In 2012, BFL provided more than 35,000 meals to our neighbors and friends in Southington who would otherwise go hungry. We provided over 5,000 meals to our homebound friends and 9,600 meals to seniors living in low-income housing through our program of delivering hot, wholesome meals daily to seniors living in subsidized housing.

Due to the downward shift in our economy, we have seen the need for our programs increase. We are committed to continuing to serve those who need our services so that no one may go hungry.

We currently serve 120 meals daily including hot lunch in our soup kitchen, group hot lunch to low income senior housing, homebound citizens, and bag lunch to our clients, and lunch in the summer to children who receive free and reduced hot lunch program.

In January 2017 we moved to our new facility on 31 Vermont Avenue which brings all our operations (food storage, food preparation, food service, and administration) all under one roof.

(Pictured: November 26, 1992 – SOUTHINGTON – Shirley Mason, treasurer of the Bread for Life soup kitchen in Southington, stirs a pot of gravy for Thanksgiving Dinner. Photo by Harry Kyle Republican-American.)