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Food banks, soup kitchens and food pantries in Taunton MA

Coyle and Cassidy High School Food Pantry
Taunton, MA 02780
Details: The Coyle and Cassidy High School Food Pantry provides approximately three hundred bags of groceries on a monthly basis to families in the Taunton area. This school sponsored outreach effort offers consistent support to families throughout the city while at the same time making our school’s motto ENTER TO LEARN - LEAVE TO SERVE a reality. Although the entire school community supports the food pantry in one way or another, the simple fact that it happens month after month is due to leadership of the student coordinators and a core group of active student volunteers. The student volunteers raise the necessary funds, stock shelves, bag groceries, and greet the families at the monthly distribution in our school’s foyer. The mission and philosophy of the food pantry is to help feed families with compassion and respect. This is accomplished in so any ways because of the generosity and enthusiasm of the student volunteers.
Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen
Taunton, MA 02780
Details: Our Daily Bread is a non-profit, ecumenical soup kitchen located in the parish hall of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Its purpose is to provide a free nutritious meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere for those in need. Our Daily Bread has only a paid director and director’s assistant, therefore, the backbone of the program is its volunteers and their ability as a group to provide a very necessary, basic need in the community. Hunger is an invisible need and is often overlooked, unseen or disbelieved by many. People are being forced to make choices between paying their rent, heating their homes or putting food on their table. During the summer months and school vacations many children are fed. The changes in qualifications by our government of those who can no longer receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and the changes in our Welfare system have increased the needs of many for a nutritious food source. Our Daily Bread serves a noontime meal Monday through Friday, from 11:15 AM to 1:00 PM. Doors are open at 10:00 AM for coffee and donuts. We are "no questions asked" and do not judge those who come in for a meal. All are welcome. Those fed include the homeless, elderly, needy, lonely, deinstitutionalized and disadvantaged. The majority of the daily effort of preparing serving, and cleaning up after a meal for approximately 150 guests is the responsibility of the volunteers with the support of a paid director and director’s assistant. Guests come into the soup kitchen and sit down at their seats where they are served their meals restaurant style by volunteers. There is no shuffling through a line waiting to be handed something. It is felt that we are "food for the soul" as well as food for the body. The personal contact, recognition and conversation provided are an important part of our mission as well as trying to ease the pain of hunger. Guests are served a main meal, salad, dessert, and drink. Bread and butter are on the tables if needed. We serve what most would consider the main meal of the day, such as spaghetti and meatballs, fish dinner, or homemade stews. Seconds are also available if desired. We have a direct impact on the greater community by providing the very basic need of food to those less fortunate in a safe and friendly environment. We are a vital organization that strives to provide dignity and stability to our guests by making a positive difference in their lives and to fight the invisible problem of hunger in our communities.