For 33 years, Lynchburg Daily Bread has provided a hot meal in a Christian environment to the needy of the Lynchburg area. In 2014, we served 57,642 meals to the homeless and hungry – a 7% increase from 2013. Our office hours are 7am-1:30pm, 7 days a week.
In Fall of 2013, we began a new food ministry at the Willow Branch Apartments in Madison Heights, Virginia. Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, we receive approximately 600 pounds of food per day, more than is needed for our downtown kitchen. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, volunteers pack up excess meals and give them out at Willow Branch at 1pm. This service was recently expanded to James Crossing Apartments in Lynchburg, where we give out excess meals at noon each Wednesday. This service is free and open to the public.
Our guests include workers who are recently unemployed or those with temporary or part-time jobs who can’t make ends meet. We also serve the elderly and the disabled on fixed incomes, families with small children/babies, single parents and persons with mental health challenges. Approximately 35% of our guests are over the age of 60. We are seeing an increase in the number of families coming to Daily Bread and feel so fortunate to be able to help children facing tough times.
Founded in 1982 by First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg, we are now an independent 501c-3 charitable organization. The first meals were served from the historic Nichol’s Tavern at the corner of Fifth and Madison Streets. In 1983, the organization moved to a building on Park Avenue owned by the Salvation Army. It remained at this location until 1989. Faced with a second move, Daily Bread sought funding for permanent quarters, and purchased the Knights of Columbus building located at Eighth and Clay Streets, which was built in 1835.
Daily Bread received significant renovations in 2013, including the installation of new ovens, donated by Columbia Gas and Southern Air. The Lynchburg Rotary Club sponsored dining room renovations which allowed for additional seats and improved traffic flow. St. John’s Church renovated our morning shelter, purchasing much needed new chairs, and doing ceiling improvements, painting and other repairs with church members.
Volunteers are the lifeline of Lynchburg Daily Bread. Each day, 10-12 volunteers prepare, cook and serve the meal to the homeless and hungry of our community. Daily Bread employs a part-time director, supported by 3-4 part-time staff each day who handle maintenance, volunteer/project scheduling, and kitchen supervision. In 2014, volunteers contributed 18,272 hours – a value of $447,487(nearly twice our operating budget!) We literally could not exist without our wonderful volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.