Our Daily Bread is a nonprofit organization that serves the community and homeless of Denton, Texas. They feed, shelter and care for those in need. They also provide daily assistance and opportunities that can lead to a fresh start in life. Our Daily Bread and the Monsignor Outreach Center have recently pooled resources and combined to form The Junction.
The organization was formed in June 2000 when over 20 Denton-area churches started an ecumenical mission for those who were going hungry in the community. Every year since then, volunteers have contributed over 30,000 hours of their time. In 2019, Our Daily Bread passed a remarkable milestone when they celebrated serving their one-millionth meal from their kitchen and dining hall at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.
It is from this dining hall that they still serve free, nutritious meals, six days a week, at 9 am and 11:30 am, Monday to Saturdays. In addition to this, they provide a weekend ‘snack pack’, a summer menu developed by the Texas Women’s UniversityU Nutrition department, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), and hot meals in the winter. There is also a free ‘farmer’s market’ that ranges from fresh fruits and vegetables to boxed grocery products, canned food, pastries and breads.
Our Daily Bread, (now The Junction,) don’t just provide food, however. They are there to give the homeless and needy help and aid in a variety of ways. The organization helps those looking to start afresh and find new opportunities, as well as general everyday assistance.
This aid includes basic necessities such as hygiene items, shower passes and monthly haircuts. But they also provide other services such as free Denton County Transit Authority bus passes for medical appointments, job interviews or appointments with social services. For connecting to others, there are computers that can be used to look for employment or keep in touch with family members, as well as a mail-address service and free telephone calls.
On top of the basics, the Our Daily Bread organization provides more long-term help. There is financial assistance to support in the application of the Texas Department of Public Safety Identification cards and other services. They provide referrals to social services agencies for medical care, prescriptions, clothing, and assistance with housing and utilities. In addition to these referrals, there are representatives of a variety of social service agencies on-site.
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, times may vary but will still be twice a day, Monday to Saturday, at 300 West Oak Street, Denton, Texas 76201.
Our Daily Bread and The Junction provide these services for all those who are in need in the Denton area. Even in these unprecedented times, the organization still looks after those who require it, much as it has done since it was formed over two decades ago.