Bread & Roses's primary purpose is to ease the hunger of those in need in the greater Lawrence area. We serve a full-course, nutritious dinner five nights per week. Anyone who is hungry or in need is welcome. There are no questions asked, no forms to fill out and no charge for the meal. An average of 200 meals are served to homeless or needy families and individuals each evening.
Bread & Roses is primarily a soup kitchen but we do provide emergency food on a case-by-case basis from our Emergency Food Pantry. If a guest requests emergency services, a referral is required from a local social services organization. A list of other local food pantries in the area is available through Bread & Roses.
As with the food pantry items, Bread & Roses distributes protective clothing and other basic needs. If available, infant formula and diapers are also supplied to people who are referred by outside human service organizations.
Our staff and volunteers provide advocacy and make referrals to other human service organizations as needs arise.
Each Wednesday a doctor and nurse are available during the dinner hours for a brief consultations. Health insurance is not required for these visits. Free and private HIV screenings are also available during this time.