The Bread & Broth program began in 1989 as a multi-denominational food outreach program formed as a result of a partnership led by Father John Grace, the Pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church and many committed community members. In October 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 dinners are now well-balanced, full-course meals which include meat, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables; 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 program 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 “B&B 4 Kids” program in Septembers 2015. This program provides weekend meals during the school year to LTUSD students faced by the threat of hunger.
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 B&B 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 28 years, the Bread & Broth program 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 program but to the commitment of our partners to assist those less fortunate who are our neighbors.