Eldon Hafford, executive director of Bread for Life, recently announced that the organization received its first donation specifically slated for the future permanent Bread for Life facility. The generous contribution was especially meaningful, he said, because it was given by members of the Lunch Group at Lincoln Lewis Terrace senior housing, located on Academy Street in downtown Southington.

Most people know Bread for Life for the hot noon meal it serves each weekday at the dining room located at the Masonic Lodge on Main Street. However, the program also provides hot lunch one day each week to seven local senior housing complexes, breakfast at the 11 Southington elementary schools, and daily meals and weekly groceries to approximately 30 homebound friends.

The Lunch Group members said they look forward to every Wednesday when a hot meal is delivered midday. On a recent day, the meal included chicken cacciatore, vegetables and dessert. Even though a donation can is always on the serving table, “people don’t have to contribute,” said Carol Britton, a resident who is part of the group. Contributions grow $1 at a time and have resulted in donations being made to Bread for Life several times each year.

The lunch gathering is not only a time for dining but for conversation, fellowship and fun. Often the meal is followed by a game of cards, she said.

Britton said she and the other residents of Lincoln Lewis are very appreciative of Bread for Life and the services it provides lower income and older residents of Southington. She sees the value in the organization establishing a permanent location so that it can continue helping others.

For the past several years, Bread for Life has been seeking a permanent downtown facility to consolidate the kitchen, dining room, storage area and offices, which are presently in various locations. Lunch group members said they were glad they could play a part in making that project materialize.

“With all of us working together, we can make it happen that no one goes hungry,”

Hafford said.