Mission

Mission

Franciscan Bread for the Poor, Inc. is a non-for-profit entity organized under the laws of the State of New York. We are a social outreach ministry of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, committed to serving those less fortunate. We serve the homeless and hungry on our

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St. Francis Breadline

You don’t have to look far to find those in need these days. With the skyrocketing costs of housing, food and heat, some of our brothers and sisters can’t keep their heads above water. At some point in their lives, they struggle to feed themselves and their children.

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Franciscans Deliver

Franciscans Deliver is a ministry of service to the poor, elderly, shut-ins and anyone who has difficulty accessing services in our neighborhood. Every week our members choose which grocery items they want, and then our volunteers pack and deliver their order to the front door.

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WHO WE ARE

The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province
The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

We Franciscans follow the teachings and example of our founder, St. Francis of Assisi. His way was to follow in the footsteps of Jesus by living simply and helping those less fortunate, forgotten, unaccepted and rejected by our society. Starting with a small group of followers 800 years ago, the Franciscans have become a worldwide movement that is still committed to helping the poor and marginalized.

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Father Paul Lostritto
Father Paul LostrittoExecutive Director
Fr. Paul is a Franciscan Friar and serves as a Parochial Vicar at St Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Manhattan. He is the Executive Director of  Franciscan Bread for the Poor,  Inc, which includes working with ministries such as the Breadline for the Poor and Franciscans Delivers, a food pantry on wheels. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dwelling Place, a homeless shelter for women located in Hells Kitchen.

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Volunteers
Volunteers

We are a hard-working team of diverse men and women working in partnership with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. We are committed to spreading Franciscan joy to all that we serve. Join us! Our main prerequisite is that you must be a person of compassion, who is willing to have fun while ministering to those in need.

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took […]

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Nazarene

“Convert or die” Christian Holocaust    ISIS paints “N” for Nazarene on Christian homes
Worn in protest.  Fr. Paul is proud to be a NAZARENE

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and
he asked his disciples,
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others Jeremiah or one […]

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Join Us

We are a hard-working team of diverse men and women working in partnership with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province. We are committed to spreading Franciscan joy to all that we serve. Join us! Our main prerequisite is that you must be a person of compassion, who is willing to have fun while ministering to those in need.

There are many opportunities for volunteering on the breadline or delivering groceries*. We need people in front of the church at 6:45 a.m. to hand out food and serve coffee. We also need volunteers to organize and maintain a clean environment in the food pantry, answer phone calls, and pack and deliver groceries to our members.

Our volunteer team is important to us, and our primary goals are to enjoy what we are doing, to have fun, and to build up our volunteer community.

*All volunteers who deliver groceries will need to have a background check as required by the archdiocese of New York.