Saturday, August 14, 2021

B.R.E.A.D., INC


 3803 Old York Road, Gastonia, NC 28056
 

See our latest news below!

New applicants may come on Tuesday or Thursday morning from 9-12 and bring your ID with proof of address, plus pay stub/income records for each person in your household with your list of expenses. Only one member per household or address. If you qualify for federal assistance, you qualify for us.

We love our new location 3803 Old York Road, Gastonia


Donations always appreciated:

Food:  Food donations welcome! We are grateful for anything you would like to bring! Current food needs are  canned meat or stew, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, eggs, potato flakes, and milk. We do have a source for bread, salads, and drinks.

Clothes, household:  Items in high demand: men's used comfortable shoes,  men's jeans and t-shirts, and backpacks for those who walk or strong carry bags or suitcases that can be pulled on wheels, small tent/tarp for homeless. 

Furniture: There is a high demand for household essentials and small furniture as the homeless find places to stay. We accept donations of clean furniture.

We are open from 9-12 on Tuesday and Thursday. We arrive an hour before and leave an hour after our open times. The best time to bring a donation is before or after we open or after "rush" which is 9-10:30.

Holiday Wish List: Food for holiday meal boxes: Mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned vegetables and fruit, yams, soups.

 April

We had a fascinating sale and raised $781 to helps us with our expenses and food purchasing! We learned a lot and will have lots of merchandise left over to share with our members when they come next week! People who came to the sale filled small bags for $10 or huge bags for $20. Thanks to all who helped before and after!

Just in time a team from LCHE home school group came to help do the heavy-man lifting needed to get ready for our sale. They also moved 2 rooms of stuff to help us get ready to redo the wood floors in the building we are planning to expand into next door! 

March 

Teens get community service hours during Spring break! Just when we needed help preparing for our sale, these youth were ready to go!  You helped us move mountains! Thanks so much!


Regional leaders from Truist came to volunteer! What fun and how helpful! They helped sort hundreds of donations for our yard sale coming up on April 6, organized clothing and helped with packaging. We had a great time. They were lots of fun to work with! Thanks Truist!! https://www.truist.com/

A very generous donor gave us pallets of merchandise for our up coming sale. Proceeds will go to operating expenses and food purchasing. About half of it will be given to our members.





February 2024

Many thanks to Opus Deum Teen Home-School Group! They cleaned clothing racks for the new building, helped prepare the floor, hung up clothes, organized the freezers, fixed Easter baskets moved and organized construction leftovers and more. See all the individual pictures on our facebook page!  What a big blessing!

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100083988639234 



January 2024! 

BREAD Inc. Receives Grant from SC Johnson!

This funding will help our Start the Year Strong Initiative!

BREAD, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a grant from SC Johnson to help increase their food purchasing potential in 2024.

This $5,000 grant from SC Johnson will be used to help us stretch our food budget for 2024 to meet the inflationary prices of food.

“We are so grateful to SC Johnson that we can get a boost to our food budget during a time when costs are so high and more families are coming to us for assistance for the same reason. We are seeing the heaviest impact on the elderly and young families with children. What a blessing! This grant will enable us to help so many more than before!”

BREAD, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit group of volunteers that love providing groceries, clothing, household items, toiletries, outerwear and OTC medicines to the financially insecure from our south Gastonia 5k sq. ft. facility.

This $5,000 grant from SC Johnson will enable us to increase our impact!

Thanks loads for your support!


Owens Corning holds pie-in-the-face food drive!

Pie In The Face Clip Art - ClipArt BestFor Martin Luther King Service Day, Owens Corning began a contest to see which group leader could get the most food votes to get pied.  How creative! All the 600+ food blessings came us at BREAD just in time to help us meet the need in cold January! Hurray! Thanks so much to Hope and her team for such a fun event!




December 

Citgo Volunteers! The owners at Citgo down 321 near Black's BBQ came for a volunteer morning, they brought donations and money to purchase food!  We loved their visit and enjoyed getting to know them.  Their station has great prices! Go in and meet them and enjoy their friendly hospitality! Thanks so much!





Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 

We are all volunteers at BREAD. Everyone of our BREAD family is so precious and we love working together to make a difference in our area. This dinner was a chance to honor each one who works so hard all year. See more pictures our volunteer page.


 

Queen of the Apostles Parish in Belmont brought a beautiful load of blessings from their food drive! We are grateful for every one of the caring hearts represented! What a big help when the demand is so high during the holidays.  An average of 200 pre-qualified families are coming for assistance with food and clothes each week this month. 


 November

IFAB is hiring! They are only 2 miles south of us. They brought food collected from each shift and presented us a check to purchase more.  We are so grateful for caring businesses in our area!



Dr. Pate, chiropractor,  from the Elite Spine Center surprises BREAD with bounty from his food drive! 


Jenny's Yoga brings bin of wonderful holiday food! Thanks so much! That's a big blessing!


Bimbo Bakeries Gastonia brought volunteers, 204 loaves of sourdough bread to offer and 150 holiday bags full of holiday food item to give. They also brought a bike and scooter, warm clothes, shoes and  gave away  backpacks for for the homeless! What a huge blessings that was! What a caring bunch. Bimbo bread is right in the middle of making our world a better place! See some of us holding one of their holiday bags. Thanks ever so much! https://www.facebook.com/BimboBakeriesUSA/


Society of St. Andrew provided us with 2,000 pounds of yellow delicious apples! We went to Charlotte and boxed them up. It was a fun fall blessing for our members who have come the last two weeks! Even lots of animals got to enjoy the cracked or bruised up ones! 


October

See our cutest little boys and friends bringing their birthday presents to us! They chose to get food for hungry people instead of toys for their birthday. How beautiful is that! You are looking at statesmen! They also helped pack up snack bags. Wow!





September

Look at our beautiful new door signs! Tamrods Graphics in Gastonia went the extra mile! They donated their time and materials to do our sign work! They printed our sign with the new perforated vinyl that lets you see out as if they are invisible but those outside can't see in. We originally ordered our signs from them. They are located on the same road we are. After they saw the hundreds of people coming for assistance they decided to contribute by doing our signs free. What a blessing! See their work on buildings and vehicles! https://www.facebook.com/tamrodsgraphics/?ref=page_internal 


 

AUGUST

Mann & Hummel Raise $500 with Dunk Tank !

Creative fun is big blessing! The Dunk Tank at their party raised $500 for BREAD! Thanks ever so much everyone! 


 JUNE

Newell Brands has a new facility in Gastonia! They did part of their community service week volunteering with us and bringing in some wonderful overstock items that were a big blessing!

Thanks so much Newell! We had a great time with you!