Founded as a soup kitchen in 1983, and moved to 3rd Avenue by the indomitable Vera Seidel, the Bread of Life Centre was incorporated as a Society in 1997 with a board of directors from churches in the valley. Since that time we have grown from "just a soup kitchen" into a multiple community resource centre with help from volunteers across the valley.
We now serve breakfast and lunch for over 33,000 meals per year. Much of our food comes from a "gleaning" recovery program among local food stores. Our supporters donate more food and organize food drives each year. We are a local charity - money is raised locally, spent locally, and we serve local people.
In addition to our food program we have responded over the years to the additional needs of our guests. We now provide access to community health nursing services, a doctor attends once a week, spiritual care is available to all who ask, and we distribute excess perishable food daily as well as helping other charities with supplies from our gleaning food recovery. Referral services to many other helping agencies and government assistance programs are provided.
More details of our history are available in by downloading the PDF file in the link below.