Bread and Life brings food and assistance to the poor and accompany them on their journey to wholeness by providing necessary services. As an organization, we are called upon to live out this mission by respecting the inherent dignity of those who are poor, and by meeting the immediate needs of those living in poverty while providing avenues and challenges to move the people we serve out of poverty.
St. John’s Bread and Life, currently located at 795 Lexington Ave, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, was founded in 1982 as a work of St. John the Baptist Parish. This parish, ministered by the Daughters of Charity since the 1970’s and the Vincentian Fathers for over 130 years, has always held to its core value and mission of serving those in need. Through the generosity of St. John the Baptist Parish, this ministry expanded beyond the parish boundaries. Recognizing this ever-growing need, Bread and Life grew to be a freestanding institution whose control has recently been transferred from the Diocese of Brooklyn to St John’s University.
Today, Bread and Life, continues to address the issues of hunger and poverty in Brooklyn and Queens. Every day, Bread and Life serves over two thousand meals to hungry New Yorkers. We provide these services both at our Lexington Avenue facility and through our unique Mobile Soup Kitchen. For many, the meals that Bread and Life provide are the only meals they have. Our goal is to combat poverty and help people achieve self-sufficiency, in addition to educating the public and increasing awareness about meals to needy New Yorkers.