Thanksgiving is the true American holiday! Each American from all walks of life can give thanks on the same exact day. Every religious denomination, ethnic group and socio-economic class can celebrate Thanksgiving Day with friends and family. That includes our members of the daily Breadline. These women and men, who come from various backgrounds, give thanks to our benefactors every morning at 7:00am as the church bells ring to start the Breadline. As they receive their sandwiches, juice, cakes and coffee, they all express their gratitude to the volunteers and friars who serve them each day. That message of gratitude is also conveyed to you, our wonderful benefactors who contribute funds to our Breadline, the oldest, continuous Breadline in the history of the United States. The members of the Breadline, the volunteers and the Franciscan Friars are all grateful for your generosity and prayers for the operation of the Breadline.
What if your life depended on a diet of sliced cheese, deli meat and white bread? For many people who walk our breadline, that is the reality. For just $5.00 you can give a meal and provide a man, woman or child in need with what might be their only food of the day.
Imagine not having access to fresh food? For many that is a reality. That is why the Friars founded Franciscans Deliver, a weekly grocery delivery service which is part of the St. Francis Breadline. This service delivers fresh produce to the poor, elderly, homebound and blind.
Help us continue the work we've been doing on the St. Francis Breadline for over 86 years: feeding the hungry and showing mercy to all we meet in the spirit of St. Francis. We would not be able to bring the light of Christ to so many without your care and financial support.
For Many It May Be Their Only Meal of The Day
As the morning sun filters through the skyscrapers that hover over the busy streets of New York City, a line begins to form outside St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street. Hundreds of homeless people, hungry and living in the shadows of this often-faceless city, emerge into the light to receive what, for many will be their only meal of the day. On the St. Francis Breadline, they reach out to the Franciscan Friars for a sandwich, a cup of coffee, and perhaps the only friendly greeting they will receive until they return to the same spot the next morning. It is a difficult way to live, the harshest of realities, but for so many people the Breadline is their only means for survival.
The St. Francis Breadline is about making life a little less painful for many hungry people who have fallen through the cracks. It is about taking the Gospel mandate to heart. “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me,” Jesus told us. The Breadline, which has been feeding the hungry since 1930 and is supported solely by donations from people of generous heart and spirit, gives real meaning to that message every morning.
Please help us to continue bringing some comfort and warmth to those whose home is a cold sidewalk and a hard concrete bed. Your gift can help us make the simplest gesture - a warm drink on a freezing day - seems like the greatest gift anyone can give.
Franciscans Deliver is a ministry of service to the poor, elderly, shut-ins, and anyone who has difficulty accessing services in our neighborhood. Every week our members choose which grocery items they want, and then our volunteers pack and deliver their order to their front door. We believe that client choice—members choosing the items they want—enhances a person’s dignity while it addresses individual preferences for food. Our food is top-quality and we ensure that our members are offered meats, cereals, fresh produce, eggs, milk, coffee, and dessert every week. But the most important thing this great team of volunteers delivers is the joyful spirit of St. Francis. Read More...