About Us

At Bread Shed, we are about food and love. Join our efforts to offer feeding programs, give away clothing, and introduce people to the love of Jesus Christ.

 

Mission Statement

“Bread Shed exists to feed the hungry, spiritually & physically, and acts as an extension of the love of Jesus Christ.”

 

Who We Are

The Bread Shed exists to feed the hungry, both spiritually and physically, in Poplar Bluff, Ellsinore, and Doniphan communities of Southeast Missouri. The Bread shed is 100% volunteer run by churches and community members and has been active since 2010. Our goal is to provide a “no strings attached” ministry to ensure that children and families in the community have enough food to eat. We connect the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and local charity organizations to those in need.

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Programs

Saturday Food & Clothing Distributions

The Bread Shed partners with the SEMO Food Bank to provide monthly mobile food pantry distributions in Butler, Ripley, and Carter Counties. The Butler County distribution operates on the 2nd Saturday of each month in Poplar Bluff. The Ripley County distribution operates on the 3rd Saturday of each month in Doniphan. The Carter County distribution operates on the 1st Saturday of each month in Ellsinore. At each of the sites, a free breakfast is provided by a local church. Clothing donated by the local communities is also given away each Saturday.

ABC “A Better Childhood”

The ABC Food Pantry is our newest program. We partner with schools (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.) to identify children and their families who will benefit from receiving extra food each month. Once the families are identified, an ABC “ticket” is sent home with each child as an invitation and pass to come to the Bread Shed on a designated day to receive a box of free groceries (fresh meat, produce, eggs, and pantry items). This event is private and by invitation only. By reaching out to individual families and having in-person contact with them, we can establish relationships and community with these families.

“Breaking Bread” Sunday Community Meal

Every Sunday in Poplar Bluff at the Bread Shed North D St. location, a community meal is hosted by volunteers from churches, individuals, and organizations. The volunteers prepare and serve the food, restaurant style, to a growing average of 150 people.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I donate my new or used clothing?  

Please drop off your donations of new or gently-used clothing at Jim’s Trucks & Trailers, 381 East Outer Road in Poplar Bluff. A Bread Shed trailer will be on the lot and unlocked.

How can I get involved with the Bread Shed?

We are so grateful to all of volunteers who give their time and efforts to the Bread Shed. Visit the Volunteer or Contact Us pages of this website for more information.