MONTHLY BITES

Letter from Elaine Strokoff

Dear Friends: “Downtown Daily Bread saved my life. One more day on the streets and I would have been dead.” Joe, age 54. Does Downtown Daily Bread (DDB) really make a difference? Yes, every day, for many people like Joe. “That hot lunch was a gift.” Marie, age 55. “It is a miracle that you […]

December 11, 2014 in Announcements, Monthly Bites by

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DDB Summer Letter

Dear Friends: I read an article last month which shed some light on people living poverty. It stressed the effects of financial poverty and the poverty of time.  One always goes with the other.   We tend to think of poverty only in financial terms.  We should also consider the poverty of time.  Pressures caused by […]

August 12, 2014 in Monthly Bites by

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Summer Time at DDB – June 2013

We can tell that school is out and that summer time is here, because we are seeing a lot of children at Downtown Daily Bread. Last week, I gave out food vouchers to five families, all mothers coming in with their children ages from three months to fifteen years old. While it is nice to […]

August 7, 2013 in Monthly Bites by

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DDB 30th Anniversary Celebration – May 2013

Downtown Daily Bread Celebrates 30 Years of Feeding the Hungry   This year marks a milestone of great significance for Downtown Daily Bread.  It was 30 years ago–in 1983—that Downtown Daily Bread, as a mission of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church, opened its doors, its kitchen and its embrace to those who were hungry.  For […]

August 7, 2013 in Monthly Bites by

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A History of Soup Kitchens – April 2014

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia describes a soup kitchen as follows: “a place where food is offered to the poor or homeless for free or at reasonably low price.  Frequently located in lower income neighborhoods, they are often staffed by volunteer organizations such as church groups or other community groups.  Soup kitchens sometimes obtain food from […]

August 7, 2013 in Monthly Bites by

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Kathryn Towns Founder’s Award – March 2013

I was privileged to attend on March 22 the 35th Anniversary Breakfast of P.R.O.B.E. (Potential Re-entry Opportunities in Business and Education) at the Hershey Country Club, and to witness Elaine Strokoff receive the Kathryn Towns Founders Award. Founded in 1978 by Kathryn Towns, P.R.O.B.E.’s primary goal is to enable displaced homemakers to enter and remain […]

April 17, 2013 in Monthly Bites by

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Homelessness Is Everywhere – February 2013

I see homeless people everywhere.  Is it because of what I do?  Maybe I have a keener sense of what to look for than most people.  I see the human form under the pile of cardboard and debris before any one else.  I see the potential for human habitat under a swaying blanket anchored by […]

February 23, 2013 in Monthly Bites by

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Celebrating 30 Years of DDB – January 2013

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Downtown Daily Bread (DDB) serving the needs of the hungry in downtown Harrisburg.  A luncheon marking the occasion will be held at Pine Street on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. for members of all 19 religious congregations that are the core of DDB. The luncheon will […]

January 25, 2013 in Monthly Bites by

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A Poem of Thanks – December 2012

I love receiving cards and letters this time of the year. Yesterday, I received a contribution along with a thank you note from the grandmother of a young man who was raised in northern Pennsylvania.  She wanted to thank DDB for “feeding her grandson when he was down on his luck” and for “caring for […]

December 21, 2012 in Monthly Bites by

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Share the Harvest – November 2012

On October 12, 2012, the Downtown Daily Bread second annual fundraiser, Share the Harvest took place at the Historic Harrisburg Association on N. Third Street, across from the Broad Street Market. The former bank building sparkled with candles and twinkling lights, diamond studded white pumpkins and glittering gold and silver bamboo stalks, amid the building’s […]

November 14, 2012 in Monthly Bites by

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  • 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 Cynthia Swanson Office Hours (M-F) 8:00am-3:00pm

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