111 High St Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-1788
director@tauntonsoupkitchen.org

Welcome to Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center

"We are more than just a soup kitchen."

UPSTANDING HOMELESS CITIZEN – PROUD DOING THE RIGHT THING

Many don’t realize this, but being homeless is a full-time job of survival!! where does one eat, where does one sleep, where does one bathe, and where does one take care of their personal hygiene needs. They are always on the move. It is a very hard life.

We would like to share a story of respect, morals and pride of a homeless person

Today we had a gentleman come by the big white tent for lunch. Sadly, this person is living in a tent, struggling with the every day challenges of being homeless. But today this homeless gentleman shows us the kind act of humanity, a man who stepped up and did the right thing.

As he walked through the lunch line, he shared with our Executive Director Maribeth Ferreira that he found a wallet near his tent site and wanted to return it to its owner.

He asked if we could help. After looking at the ID, we knew the person who it belonged to and were able to return the wallet to it’s owner.

The individual was happy to retrieve his wallet with all its contents and cash.

A small act of kindness can go a long way!

DINING SERVICES
ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Monday – Friday 8 am – 1 pm

•   8 am Coffee, donuts,                cereal, pastries and fruit 
•   10 am Hot breakfast served
•   11:15 am Soup or salad
•   11:30 am Hot lunch served
•   Take away sandwiches               handed out after a hot             lunch.

COMPUTER TRAINING
AND CAREER GUIDANCE

Monday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm

•   Access to computers
•   Microsoft Office
•   Navigating the web
•   Career coaching
•   Job search
•   Resume building
•   Interview skills
•   Job application assistance

SELF-IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

Recurring basis – Contact us

•   Getting out of poverty
•   Building Self Esteem
•   Suicide prevention
•   Nutrition on a budget
•   Women’s self-defense               classes
•   Finance 101
•   Getting Ahead

SOCIAL SERVICES
 AND REFERRALS

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•   Community partnership           referrals
•   Basic needs assessment
•   Individual goal planning
•   Housing referral assistance
•   Benefits
•   Healthcare referrals

HAPPY CLIENTS

Look at what we did together in 2019

>  51,961 Meals Served
>  233 Individuals assisted in the Resource Center
>  47 People placed in shelters
 >  28 Individuals gainfully employed through our Career Coaching of which 26 are still employed. That’s a 93% retention rate.
>  86 Attended our mentoring for basic life skill classes
    >  Suicide Prevention, Finance 101, Getting Ahead, Pathways out of poverty, Self Esteem and Women’s Self Defense

>  14,800 Volunteer hours to make all this happen


                                         THANK YOU

Our Mission

Our Daily Bread is a nonprofit food, nutrition and resource center.

Our purpose is to provide a free nutritious meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere to those in need.

Our Resource Center provides mentoring for basic life skills, empathizing, encouraging and empowering a population that includes the homeless and disenfranchised.

The backbone of our program is its volunteers as we envision through education, resources and advocacy… leading our guest towards self-sufficiency.

2018-2019

Board of Directors

Maribeth Ferreira

Executive Director, Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center 

Kathy Arruda

Contractor for Deputy Synthes J J, Kelly Services,

Ann Trucchi Condon

CFO, Trucchi’s Supermarkets

Maureen Eldredge

MSW, LSW Church Liaison

Suzie Figueiredo

Director of Human Resources, Morton Hospital

Mary Beth Forshaw

LSW, Human Services, Taunton, MA

Elizabeth Lapointe

Volunteer Grant  Writer, ODB

Alexandra McNamee

Volunteer Administrative Work, ODB

Sandy Mongiovi

Ultrasound Technician, Morton Hospital

Rev. Joseph Mumita

Rector, Episcopal Church of St. Thomas

Thomas J Percy, Esq

Founding Member, Percy Law Group, PC

Keith Rivard

Controller, Taunton Federal Credit Union

Aleece Silva

Volunteer
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On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless individuals in the US.

LEADING OUR GUESTS TOWARDS SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Located in the parish hall of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Our Daily Bread Taunton began as an ecumenical soup kitchen in 1985 for the purpose of providing nutritious meals in a warm and inviting atmosphere for those in need of our services.
Today, Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center has evolved to include services such as dining, computer training, career guidance, self improvement and social services. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. ALL ARE WELCOME!!

The backbone of our program is its volunteers.

Our Daily Bread Year-to-date Stats 2019:

47,211 meals served to date. On average our Soup Kitchen prepares 220 meals per day.

We have had 1,397 Resource Center client engagements and 13,050 volunteer hours. 

Client Testimonials

Here’s what our clients say:

I was homeless for three years because of heroin, alcohol and depression. I ended up living in a tent in the woods six miles away from ODB. I came to ODB for a meal and I got much more. The friendly volunteers served me salad, hot chicken pot pie and chocolate cake for dessert. They treated me like a human being and listened to my concerns. The director allowed me to use the address at ODB to receive a free phone. This kindness started me on a new path. 

Jay

I have four children. When one was very ill with a serious heart condition, I needed to leave my job to take care of him. Our Daily Bread is so much more than a food source for me. I am so grateful to have this place where I can get a warm healthy meal, but most importantly, see friendly faces. The volunteers actually care for us in so many ways. My experience has encouraged me to help others in any way I can. 

Donna

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2018-2019

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Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center, 111 High St Taunton, MA 02780 | p: (508) 824 – 1788 |e: director@tauntonsoupkitchen.org