A Kitchen that Feeds Hundreds of People Everyday
DENTON – Tucked away behind St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Denton is a little kitchen that feeds hundreds of people everyday.
This community soup kitchen opened its doors 16 years. On that first day, there were five volunteers and they served 20 meals.
Now, Our Daily Bread serves over 275 meals every day from Monday to Saturday and has volunteers coming in everyday.
They serve breakfast and lunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an evening meal on Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Each meal consists of a meat, starch, salad, fruit, dessert, and a drink.
Our Daily Bread has a “no questions asked” policy, so all residents have to do is stand in line to get a meal.
Our Daily Bread’s Executive Director Brenda Jackson has a long history of helping others and calls Our Daily Bread her work home.
“We’re like a family here, but we serve more than just food. We serve love, we serve dignity, we serve respect, and that’s stuff you can’t pay for,” Jackson said.
Providing nutritious and delicious meals is Our Daily Bread’s top priority. However, they also provide a hygiene closet, laundry vouchers, shower passes, financial assistance, free haircuts and many other services.
Although the meals are on a “no questions asked” basis, the other services require clients to complete an intake form and provide a form of ID.
“We set a bigger table,” Jackson said. “It’s not just food and security. Some people come just for the socialization. We have a lot of seniors that live by themselves. They come here because they form a group; they have friends.”
Our Daily Bread will have a free haircut event on Monday December 5th.
They are also collecting socks, gloves, blankets, and toiletries for Christmas gift bags for their clients.