Downtown Daily Bread (DDB) is a soup kitchen located in the Boyd Building of The Pine Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Harrisburg. It provides hot, nutritious meals for the needy and the homeless of the city. The meals are served daily between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The soup kitchen was opened in March of 1983 out of concern for local hunger needs. There is no cost to the recipient and no questions are asked. We appreciate your interest in our ongoing mission and services. Please take a few minutes to browse the various links to the right hand side of this page to learn more about us.



Downtown Daily Bread (DDB) is an Emergency Kitchen which provides a nourishing, hot meal for the poor and homeless of downtown Harrisburg. This is done at no cost to the recipient. The simple but nutritious food is served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Hospitality House of the Boyd Memorial Building of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Harrisburg. Lunch is served daily, including weekends and holidays.
DDB operates under the philosophical belief that all human beings are created equally. Men, women, and children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic levels deserve to have their basic human needs met. All human beings should have access to food, shelter, and clothing. DDB strives to feed the hungry and provide basic human services for the poor and homeless.

DDB believes that people deserve second chances and the opportunity to change. Mistakes made in one’s life do not have to negatively impact a person’s chance for future livelihood and independence. DDB offers an outstretched arm to those in need and to those suffering from mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and prior legal offenses. Opportunity to rise above past offenses, situations, and personal issues are inherent in the services DDB provides.

Welcome to Downtown Daily Bread (DDB)

Here you will find a soup kitchen and a program for the homeless unlike any in the city. Our warm, experienced staff will encourage you to become part of the DDB Family. You will meet individuals from all walks of life, religions, cultures, and races. Everyone who walks through our doors is treated with mutual respect. Downtown Daily Bread is a special space and we welcome you to experience the positive atmosphere of community where food and services are crucial to so many in need.

FAQ’s

What door should I enter?
Downtown Daily Bread is located in the Boyd Memorial Building at 234 South St. The building is marked on the side and is parallel with the side entrance of Pine Street Presbyterian Church. After entering, proceed down the steps and through the door. You may have to ring the door bell. The kitchen is on the right side and the offices are on the left. If there are any problems, please call 238-4717, #3.

What should I wear?
Casual, comfortable clothing is suggested. We recommend pants or long skirts for women and young girls as a safety measure when dealing with hot food. Aprons will be provided.

Is the Boyd Building handicapped accessible?
Yes. There is an elevator on the side of the building facing the parking garage. Ring the bell and someone will open the door.

Is there parking?
Yes, the South Street Parking Garage is directly beside the Boyd Building on South St. The hourly parking rate is reasonable. In addition, metered street parking is available on State Street and the surrounding areas.

How long does it take to serve meals?
If you volunteer to serve at lunch, it is recommended that you arrive at 12p.m. and stay until 2:00p.m. Other volunteer opportunities are available at varying times.

Are children permitted to volunteer?
The recommended age for children is 12 years and over. Safety issues must be considered.

Can anyone come and volunteer at any time?
Sorry, No. Interested persons are asked to call the DDB director at 238-4717 before any commitments are made.

I would like to donate to DDB. What do you need?

Financial Support: Always the Best Gift! Please make checks payable to Downtown Daily Bread.($2 pays for one meal; $50 for 25 meals; $100 for 50 meals, etc.) Please consider sponsoring a meal by your family, friends, or business. You will feel good knowing that you are feeding a group of hungry people at Downtown Daily Bread.

Food Items: Ham, Chicken, Or *Beef* Canned Foods (# 10--Large) Yams; Fruit Cocktail; Fruits; Cream Of Chicken Soup; Cream Of Mushroom Soup; Vegetables;Tomato Sauce,Spaghetti Sauces Large Cans Of Coffee; Iced Tea Mix; Lemonade Mix, Punch Mix Large, Thick Pot Holders, Bath Towels, Dishtowels, Washcloths, Dark Colored Aprons Paper Napkins, Plastic Forks & Spoons; Aluminum Foil; Paper Towels, Commercial Tongs, Commercial Serving Spoons Styrofoam, Paper, Or Plastic Cups And Bowls; Spices Clothes Detergent, Liquid Dish Detergent Shampoo, Soap; Razors, Toothbrushes, Hand And Body Cream

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Service Times & Directions

  • Kitchen is open for lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Volunteers should expect to stay from 12:00pm-2:00pm
  • For drop off: Cook is in the kitchen from (M-F) 7:30am-3:00pm (Sat, Sun) 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Chris Patrick and Dr. Stephen Heller Office Hours (M-F) 8:00am-3:00pm

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Downtown Daily Bread

234 South Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 238-4717 phone (717) 232-9341 fax