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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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.

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.


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

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Malaysian Jetliner Crash

By |July 18th, 2014|


Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families during this time of mourning.  Let us pray that this senseless tragedy which has caused such deep pain and suffering around the world, will […]

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By |July 18th, 2014|


Gospel mt 13:24-43
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all […]

The Gospel this week….

By |July 12th, 2014|

The Gospel this week is about reaping and sowing. The question we must ask ourselves is what must we do so that the Spirit or Word of God takes root and grows in our […]

Feeding God’s People

By |May 29th, 2014|

As the bell peals in the tower of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City at precisely 7 a.m., a Franciscan friar enters the sanctuary to begin the celebration of Mass. At […]

Coats For Christmas

By |May 29th, 2014|

Donate Coats, Hats and Gloves! You may also choose to send NEW winter coats, hats and gloves. Please send your donations to: Mychal’s Message

P.O. Box 6404 Lancaster, PA 17607

The theme of the Mychal’s Message […]

80 Years of Compassion

By |May 29th, 2014|

The year 1929 raised the curtain on the worst of America’s several periodic depressions. New York, the richest city in the world, soon found itself with a growing relief burden on its hands and […]

Pope Francis Angelus

By |March 18th, 2014|

Saint Peter’s Square
Sunday, 1st September 2013
Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Today, dear brothers and sisters, I wish to make add my voice to the cry which rises up with increasing anguish from every part of the […]

Going Green

By |March 18th, 2014|

I would like to take this opportunity to update you with the latest happenings with our ministry. As you may already know, the Breadline and Franciscans Deliver are now part of the same outreach […]


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