The Bread & Broth organization began in 1989 as a multi-denominational food outreach program inspired by the leadership of Father John Grace, who was the pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church. Father Grace joined in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church and many committed community members to realize his dream of helping the hungry in our community. On October 19, 1989, the first meals were served at St. Theresa Grace Hall at no charge to all who came through the doors.
Since the first meal was served, thousands of food insecure community members have entered Grace Hall’s door to not only have their hunger eased but to find a safe and secure gathering place where they are treated with dignity and shown the warmth of those who care.
As funding from our generous donors increased over the years, Bread & Broth focused on improving the nutritional value of food provided at the Monday evening meals. Current “Monday Meal” dinners are now well-balanced, full-course meals which include meat, fresh vegetables and fresh fruit; seconds are provided and food “giveaway bags” filled with dairy products, fruit, vegetables and bread/pastries are distributed at every “Monday Meal” event.
In May 2009, the Bread & Broth organization added “Second Serving” which serves a soup and simple entree meal every Friday at the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church.
Wanting to help the help the children in our community, Bread & Broth implemented the “Bread & Broth 4 Kids” program in Septembers 2015. This program provides weekend meals during the school year to K-8 LTUSD students faced by the threat of hunger. As a follow up to the weekend food program, “Bread & Broth 4 Kids” began its ‘School Healthy Snack’ initiative in the Spring of 2016. Realizing that food insecure children get hungry during the school day which can deter learning, “Bread & Broth 4 Kids” gives over 500 healthy nutrition bars weekly to LTUSD school staff members to give to needy students. In an effort to improve the nutritional value of the food in the kid’s bags, the “Push for Protein” initiative was implemented in 2019. Funds were provided to purchase kid-friendly food with increased protein value and reduced salt/sugar content, such as nuts, dried fruit, protein bars, and canned meat.
Thanks to a very generous donation from Vail Resorts CEO, Rob Katz, and his wife, Elana Amsterdam, Bread & Broth’s most recent expansion was the “Summer Bread & Broth 4 Kids” program which was launched in June 2017 to focus on helping kids have access to food during the summer months.
Throughout the past 30 years, the Bread & Broth organization has been recognized as a major factor in the social fabric of the Lake Tahoe South Shore community and our many partnerships with community individuals, organizations, churches, and businesses is a testament not only to the Bread & Broth organization but to the commitment of our partners to assist those less fortunate who are our neighbors.