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Dear Friends,

July begins a new fiscal year for Bread and Life - one filled with many unanswered questions for emergency food programs like Bread and Life. As the world returns to a state of "normal” and COVID restrictions are lifted, many of us are struggling to find the funding necessary to continue our work. At Bread and Life, we have been blessed by so many generous supporters over the years whose belief in our mission empowers us to service those in greatest need, but now, even with their support we struggle to meet the increased needs of those around us. Recently we, like so many other emergency food pantries, experienced significant government cuts causing us to reimagine how we will operate in the new year. Last year alone we saw an increase in the number of individuals and families in need of our services. In fact, we saw a 38% increase in our grab and go meal packages, a 10% increase in our pantry services and a 17% increase in our mobile market program along with an unprecedented 46% increase in the number of individuals registering for our emergency food programs. These numbers will not go away. Our case management team members continue to respond to the increased need for entitlement support, housing and other services and they will continue to walk with those who are struggling as they reimagine their own tomorrows.

In July, we re-introduced a new and improved state of the art digital choice shopping experience including services in multiple languages to help our guests shop quickly and easily in their own language. We added new kiosks and provided volunteers who are trained to help guests get acclimated to the new system. So besides English, our kiosks now can offer service in Spanish, Mandarin/ Cantonese, French Creole and Russian enabling the best possible shopping experience in the most dignified way.

We continue to average more than 400 families per day for pantry services, 750 for hot grab and go meals packages (1500 total meals), 500 access the mobile soup kitchen and 500 persons are served through the mobile market program each day. Now more than ever our elderly neighbors, the newly arrived and working families are coming to Bread and Life for basic necessities. They turn to us for nutritious food options, fresh fruits and vegetables and proteins that will help keep families healthy and for personal care items. New mothers with no support turn to us for baby clothes, diapers, wipes and formula. As we begin this new fiscal year, we realize that the challenges will be monumental but our commitment to those we serve is stronger than ever and we are grateful to each of you for your continued support.

As James Allen said: "No duty is more urgent than giving thanks.” SO to each of you I say "THANKS!"

With gratitude,

Sr. Caroline Tweedy, RSM

Executive Director


On Monday, July 3rd, our community witnessed the incredible power of technology and compassion coming together again. The reopening of our Digital Choice Food Pantry exceeded all expectations, leaving us inspired and grateful for the positive impact we've made.

With a few clicks and the swipe of a finger, individuals and families experienced a new level of dignity and choice in accessing nourishment. Our state-of-the-art digital platform revolutionized the way we serve our community, ensuring ease and convenience for everyone involved.

This remarkable system not only eliminates long lines and wait times but also minimizes food waste and enhances resource allocation. By adopting a technology-driven approach, we optimized our operations, allowing us to efficiently serve over 17,600 meals on DAY ONE alone while reducing our environmental footprint.

As we celebrate this reopening, we remain committed to expanding our reach and creating a future where food insecurity becomes a thing of the past. Together, we are building a stronger, more resilient community—one nourishing choice at a time.

Click here to view footage from that day!

We are excited to share with you our FY22 Impact Report. This report provides an overview of Bread & Life's accomplishments, emphasizes our commitment to financial transparency, and highlights the impact you have helped us make in the lives of those who seek our services.

View our FY22 Impact Report

St. John's Bread and Life take their team to the Ballgame!

St. John’s Bread & Life had the privilege of being selected by the Brooklyn Cyclones as the Charity Partner for their June 28 Catholic School Night game against the Jersey Shore BlueClaws. Sr. Caroline Tweedy was given the honor of throwing the ceremonial first pitch and the Cyclones further highlighted Bread & Life's mission with an on-field pre-game presentation and a video PSA, allowing us to raise awareness for our mission and invite the community to get involved.

Click the video below to see Sr. Caroline throw the 1st pitch!

SJBL at the Brooklyn Cyclones vs Jersey Shore Blue Claws Game - 2023
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