So, how did Break Bread come to be? Simply put, Break Bread emerged because a group of caring neighbors saw a need in their community and made the bold decision to act. Specifically, some members within the Littleton United Methodist Church saw too many neighbors struggling with food insecurity, isolation, and other challenges life brought their way. These individuals decided to serve their neighbors, and build meaningful relationships among those in the community by providing free weekly community meals open to ALL neighbors. They mobilized, formed a Board of Directors, developed goals, made plans, and set it in motion. With that, Break Bread was born. It was 2017.
Since then, Break Bread has grown and morphed beyond anyone's dreams. Our first meals boasted 40 or so neighbors. By the time community gatherings were halted due to safety concerns during Covid, Break Bread welcomed an average of 80-100 neighbors each week. Knowing that hunger and isolation would only worsen during the pandemic, Break Bread evolved and found ways to still offer nourishment, unconditional love and abundant grace to our neighbors. So, we began offering meals to-go each Saturday. Neighbors would come pick up their meals. We started learning of neighbors who couldn't get to us for the to-go meals, so we added delivery. And then we added to-go meals and deliveries on Wednesdays as well. Now, as we look forward to hopefully coming back together soon for sit-down meals, we average 200 meals served each Wednesday and Saturday.
LUMC graciously provides the facility and space to cook and serve Break Bread meals as an in-kind donation to Break Bread. LUMC also provides some administrative and bookkeeping assistance to Break Bread as an in-kind contribution. While Break Bread is a secular organization separate from the church, we are immensely grateful for the special relationship we continue to share with LUMC.
Thank you to all our neighbors who play such a large part in making Break Bread the beautiful community of neighbors it has become. We truly are all in this together.