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Gracious volunteers like you enable us to continue our mission to feed the hungry and facilitate social service referrals. We value your interest and encourage you to review the volunteer opportunities described on the website. You can then register at www.volunteermatters.org and sign up for volunteer shifts.
Volunteer opportunities are available for people 16 and older.
“Our Daily Bread provides nutritious meals and facilitates referrals for other services to those in need.”
Our Daily Bread is a community soup kitchen that serves a free, nutritious lunch meal Monday through Friday to the hungry and homeless in Denton County and surrounding areas. Our Daily Bread operates under the auspices and 501 (c)(3) status of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. We are currently serving an average of 200 meals per day. Since we opened in June 2000, we have served 474,370 meals to those in need. We will serve our 500,000 meal within a few months.
Our Daily Bread currently has 1,085 clients enrolled. We are currently serving 953, of which 464 are homeless, and 71 are children.
With only one full time paid staff person (the Executive Director) and three part time staff, the contribution by volunteers is critical as they provide more than 35,000 hours of service per year. They assist with all phases of the operation: food preparation, delivery, and clean-up; pick-up of donated food, health services by a physician and registered nurses, assistance with fund-raising and grant writing, social services referral programs, and many other activities.
Other need-based services provided by Our Daily Bread include:
- Free, nutritious meals served Monday through Friday and appropriate support for those in need
- Weekend snack pack program for the homeless, includes summer and winter menus developed by the TWU Nutrition department, served 11, 639 since 2010
- Hygiene items which are available as requested by clients, providing over 2,500 items per month
- Access to the “free” Farmer’s Market enabling clients an opportunity to have fresh fruits and vegetables
- Free bus passes for transportation to medical appointments and job interviews (including regional bus or train passes for Veterans and others who need to go to the Dallas VA Hospital, Parkland Hospital or to Fort Worth), distribute an average of 50 local and 4 Regional passes per month
- Financial assistance to help clients receive Texas Department of Public Safety Identification Cards
- Computer use for job searches and to keep in touch with family
- Free Long distance and local telephone service for clients
- Referrals to other social service agencies, for medical care, prescriptions, clothing, housing assistance, utility assistance, etc.
- Mail Address service including receiving, sorting, and distribution of mail to clients-currently serving 265 homeless
- On-site Medical/Nursing services provided by a physician and registered nurses, who monitor blood pressure, give flu immunizations, provide diabetes counseling, and provide illness care, including prescriptions, available Monday and Wednesday from 12p-1:45p
- Application assistance for SNAP, CHIPS, Medicaid for Children, MHMR Connections and other programs as needed
- On-site representatives from various social services agencies, such as Catholic Charities, InterFaith, Health Services of North Texas, Catholic Charities VA Assistance
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