Food. A basic need. Yet so many in our community go to bed at night hungry. That is why at Daily Bread we work to ensure that no one in Brevard County faces hunger alone. Many of our clients are low-to-no income and if they have housing, they tend to live in food deserts with no access to healthy and nutritious foods. Or, if they are among the millions of working poor in our country, they make the tough decision to pay the utility bill instead of buying food. And, if they live on the streets, they have no means of preparing healthy warm meals. The core of our mission is food and meal services. Led by Tachana Williams-Robinson, Food & Meal Services Manager, our food program has grown to provide more than 80,000 daily meals and 1,000,000 pounds of food to the hungry and homeless of Brevard County each year.
Each day, more than 200 hot and nutritious meals are served in our dining facility between 11 am – 1:00 pm. Our daily meals meet FDA regulations and our state-of-the-art kitchen – where these meals are expertly prepared – exceeds the expectations of our health department. When the temperature drops below 50 degrees, we provide our homeless neighbors with a warm cup of coffee starting at 7:30 am with a daily devotional.
Holidays can be a particularly challenging time for our neighbors who are struggling with food-insufficiency or homelessness. We offer “Dignity Dining” on four key holidays: Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Thanks to generous donations and hundreds of volunteer hours, our neighbors are treated to a decorated dining facility with tablecloths and cloth napkins. While we treat our neighbors with dignity every day, on Dignity Dining Days, our neighbors are seated and served just as if they were in a restaurant.
In addition to serving more than 80,000 hot meals a year, we distribute close to a million tons of food within Brevard County through partnerships with over 25 local food pantries, ensuring that NO ONE faces hunger alone.