Bread of Life

A community food pantry, serving up produce, dairy, meats, dry goods, and lots of love every Sunday afternoon to residents of Gray-New Gloucester.

Bread of Life Food Pantry

Sundays, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Located inside the Crossroads Community Church foyer and fellowship hall

COVID-19 Update

Last Updated Monday, April 13

The Bread of Life Food Pantry is committed to continue serving food to our clients, no matter what. Now is when some of our clients need food aid the most, so as long as there is still a need, we will still offer our response to that need.

Our service continues, but our format adjusts as-needed to protect the safety of our volunteers and clients.

Adjustment #1: Normally we would invite our clients in to shop. That said, present circumstances leave very little "normal"! These days we are asking clients to wait in their cars and a volunteer will bring them a box of food. There is still plenty of food though and we are glad to still be able to serve during this unprecedented time.

Adjustment #2: For the time being, we are pausing our processing of new-client paperwork. If you have need, please come and receive food, no paperwork necessary. If your need continues after this crisis ends, at that point we will ask you to complete our simple, one-page application for new clients.

Adjustment #3: With limitations on how many bodies can occupy our building at one time, we must limit our team of volunteers to only a skeleton crew serving during our distribution time on Sunday afternoons. That said, if you or someone you know desires to help, we still have great needs in other areas. Community members can come alongside our ministry by hosting food drives, raising funds, and spreading the word about our pantry to anyone they know who needs food. Interested community members are encouraged to connect with us on Facebook or check out our "Get Involved" ideas below.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in

- Matthew 25:35

Your First Visit

Thinking of visiting the Bread of Life Food Pantry? We would love to meet you.

Drop in any Sunday between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. As you enter the doors into our foyer, there will be a volunteer at the front desk to greet you. You will be asked to complete a New Client Application as you wait in the foyer.

Once it is your turn to shop, a volunteer or fellow client will walk you through our shopping rooms, explaining our shopping guidelines along the way.

You will leave with a box of food for your family, plus an appointment time for your next week's visit.

Get Involved

Pray

We run our prayer. Our food ministry runs on prayer. You are invited to come alongside us in prayer that we might be aligned with what God is doing among our clients and in our community.

Volunteer

Our volunteers pick up food, sort produce, stock shelves, package bulk foods, sign in clients, operate freezers, carry boxes, practice hospitality, and so much more! There's a job for everyone. Our main requirement is that your heart be ready to love on our clients.

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Give

Please understand: there is no pressure here. Our goal is not to sway you into a financial donation. Our goal is to bless the GNG community by offering food where it is most needed. If you are also excited about blessing our community and feel led to support us with that goal, then we welcome your financial gift.

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Our Impact

Total in 2019
140 families
118 families
1,942 boxes
2,133 boxes
44,000 lbs
Total Food Offered
Food Boxes Packed
Purchases from Good Shepherd
83,415 lbs
127,415 lbs
Donations from Hannaford, Gray
96,513 lbs
130,160 lbs
Current Weekly Average
33, 647 lbs
Unique Families Served
Total in 2018
41 boxes
41 families
846 lbs
1,604 lbs
2,450 lbs

Numbers are great. It's fun to see the "countable" aspect of the impact God is creating through us! However, we share this data bearing in mind that our most valuable impact is uncountable: the relationships deepened among our clients and volunteers, and the hope God awakens in our clients' hearts.

Some of the Partners Who Make Our Work Possible