Bread for Life Staff

Donna Ayer, Executive Director

Poverty and homelessness exist right here in our community. Our clients do not have adequate housing, food, clothing, medicine, for themselves and their families. Poor economic circumstances might be due to mental illness, chronic illness, long-term disability, or underemployment either through job loss or lack of job skills. Many of our neighbors find themselves unable to afford basic necessities but together we can all help.  I am privileged to serve alongside many amazing volunteers who give tirelessly with a welcoming spirit of care, concern and fellowship.  In partnership with many community organizations and individuals, Bread for Life is able to address the challenges of hunger and poverty. It is with a grateful heart for our donors and volunteers and all the ways our community supports the mission of Bread for Life that we are able to fulfill the mission to provide for our neighbors in need.

donna@southingtonbreadforlife.org

Missy Cipriano, Volunteer and Administrative Director

The wise words of Mother Teresa, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love” is a guiding principle for me.   My long term active service and mentorship in my church and community including establishing a laundry ministry in Bristol called “Laundry Love” has prepared me to serve the needs of our clients.  The position of Volunteer and Administrative Director at Bread for Life is well suited to my heart to serve others.  We have many exciting opportunities for volunteer service at Bread for Life and I am proud to work with our clients and volunteers to meet the mission of Bread for Life.

missy@southingtonbreadforlife.org

Bob Paradis, Chef

Bob has been the chef at Bread for Life for 7 years and prepares 120 meals a day for our clients. He takes care to cook nutritious and delicious meals while utilizing the food available on our pantry shelves and the talent of our Bread for Life volunteers.  Bob treats all our clients with dignity and concern.  We are fortunate to have such a great chef and caring person on our staff.

Dennis Boutin, Warehouse Manager

After retiring from a career as a manufacturing executive, Denny began a second career at Bread for Life. Since 2009, Denny has been managing the warehouse and all support services and food drives at Bread for Life.  He brings his amazing organizational abilities to managing our warehouse.