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.
Missy CiprianoDirector of Operations & Volunteer Services
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.
Bob has been the Executive Chef Bread for Life since 2010 and takes pride in preparing 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.
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.
After being a full-time homeschooling mom of four daughters, my role as Dining Room Manager at Bread for Life has been a gift. My talents of hospitality, cooking, and organization are a perfect fit for serving our homebound neighbors, the elderly at the senior housing, and our in-house clients.
Each day I direct volunteers to prepare ready-to- go bags with hot meals for delivery. I also serve those in need in our dining room and at our front door.
Additionally I organize food rescue donations from local supermarkets. And it is a joy to serve at our monthly dinners for Southington teens at A Gathering Place and the elderly at the Memory Cafe. For as long as I can remember, sharing and preparing healthy meals has fed my heart and brought life to my soul!
Kathleen comes to us with a background in finance, banking, and insurance. In the last ten years she has worked for non profits and prefers the atmosphere of personal attention and caring for others in her work.
Craig brings 22 years of maintenance and cleaning experience with him to Bread for Life. We are grateful for his professionalism and his sunny personality. Craig makes our facility look wonderful and brightens the spirits of everyone at Bread for Life.