Everyone is welcome here at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and everyone who enters is a friend. We are a humble, faith based soup kitchen and ministry, providing a hot meal for the stomach and a helping of God’s word for the soul. We also have a clothing room stocked with donated clothes and we have hygiene products that are available on request; on occasion we put together bags and pass them out to all our friends. Everything is free, provided thru the heartfelt generosity of individuals, churches, businesses and organizations in our community. All donations are accepted and are tax deductible since we are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. We are not government funded.
We are sponsored by more than 50 churches of different denominations from Allen County and the surrounding counties.
For some of our friends, the meal we serve is the only hot meal they will eat on a given day. For some it is the fellowship and camaraderie that brings them here. Whatever the reason, all are greeted with a smile and often a hug from one of our staff or volunteers.
Our doors open at 7:00 am Monday through Friday. We begin serving donuts and coffee at 9:00 am. At 11:30 we have our announcements, food for thought, and our blessing. Then we begin serving our meal until 1:00.
History: Our roots begin in 1991 when a group called Church People for Change and Reconciliation began serving a daily meal. This group consisted of 18 different churches from many different denominations. In February of 1992, a building at 610 E. North Street was purchased and renovated to use as a soup kitchen. In 2001, that building was purchased by the Lima Board of Education for the current Lima Senior School complex and we moved to our present site at 125 S. Central Ave. In 2006, Church People for Change and Reconciliation was dissolved, we were reincorporated and renamed Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and became a standalone entity.