Our Daily Bread Employment Center Hot Meal Program
Feeding those who are hungry in Baltimore
Our Daily Bread is Maryland’s largest hot meal program, serving more than a quarter of a million meals to those experiencing hunger in Baltimore City each year. We serve a nutritious lunch every day of the year and breakfast to seniors and individuals with disabilities each weekday. The Classic Casserole Program at Our Daily Bread is the backbone of this program.
Since June 1, 1981, we have never missed a day of lunch service to those experiencing hunger in Baltimore, in spite of blizzards, hurricanes or any other occurrence.
Our Daily Bread is a place where all are welcome, where people whose lives are burdened by the hardships of the human condition are served with dignity and reverence. We serve with a passion and love for our sisters and brothers as we meet their need for food, resources, direction and the building up of the human spirit.
Every plate comes with a warm welcome and a smile that is always worn by the volunteers who serve.
Contact our volunteer line at 667-600-3438 or email@example.com for information, to find out what we need most, to find a drop off location or arrange a pickup.
We need volunteers to serve meals
The Our Daily Bread hot lunch program, where we serve lunch 365 days a year to 500 to 1,000+ people, is well known throughout Baltimore. Perhaps not as well known, each day we also serve breakfast to seniors and people with disabilities and dinner to the men enrolled at the Christopher Place Employment Academy.
Currently, we are in great need of breakfast volunteers Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Christopher Place dinner service volunteers every day from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Individuals are welcome and this is also a great volunteer opportunity for a group.
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We need food donations to the Classic Casserole Program
Our Daily Bread is always looking for individuals, groups or families to join the Hot Meal program, providing the casseroles that help to feed more than 700 people who come to us each day for a hot meal. Many parishes and other groups are already involved in this critical task and we’d be happy to help you find an existing group or start a new one! Preparing casseroles is also a great way to give back as a family and teach children the importance of volunteering. Any sized group of concerned citizens wanting to affect hunger in our community may participate.
High school student? Preparing casseroles for Our Daily Bread will help satisfy your service learning hours requirement!
Select one recipe to make for your entire group. Click here to download or view our Casserole Recipes!
We definitely are always in the need for new recipes. If you have a new recipe that you want to provide, please call us first to make sure it is a recipe that will work in this setting.
Can’t bake? Not a problem…for those in your group that aren’t bakers, a family size Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese frozen meal is a wonderful contribution.
We do require that you use a uniform disposable pan. These can be obtained in quantity at wholesale food clubs, or we can provide pans at a cost of $41.00 per 100. If you want to purchase them yourselves, they are a ½ size pan with dimensions of 2 9/16 inch deep and 12×10 inches.
Storage Before Drop-Off
Most groups and churches that have a casserole program have casserole bakers that commit to baking once a month. They are:
- Covered tightly in foil
- Labeled with the date and name of recipe and group
- Frozen in the home
- The group has a drop-off point (usually a church or business parking lot) on a designated date
- Have drivers bring them to Our Daily Bread Employment Center
- We have this on our calendar, and we know when they are coming and how many. This allows us to plan in advance.
- We accept deliveries every day of the week between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Please deliver the casseroles early in the day so we have enough staff here to help unload. Don’t forget…Always fill out a delivery receipt.
The Our Daily Bread Hot Meal Program is made possible by volunteers who provide the casseroles for every meal. In continuous operation since 1981, we have never missed a daily meal service thanks to the thousands of volunteers who prepare food for us.
You and your children or group can become a part of this Baltimore tradition by making and donating casseroles to Our Daily Bread. Casserole assembly is an easy, fun family activity and a good way to teach your children to help those less fortunate.
CHOOSE ONE OF OUR SIMPLE LOW-COST BULK RECIPES. Every casserole feeds 8 – 10 people, so we welcome whatever you can provide to help us create those 250,000 meals.
Contact our Volunteer line at 443-986-9031 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information, to find out what we need most, to find a drop-off location or arrange a pickup. You can also call ODBEC at 667-600-3400.
Please call us before selecting a recipe to make for Our Daily Bread so we can tell you which casseroles we need. Use the Volunteer line at667-600-3438 or email@example.com. Thanks.
Here are some general guidelines if you’re preparing these casseroles for Catholic Charities. Please:
- Do not make any changes to the recipes. Please don’t use other recipes or make substitutions in the recipes. We use about 90 casseroles per day.
The casseroles from many sources are all mixed together at service time and it’s important that they be uniform.
- We do require that you use a uniform disposable pan. These can be obtained in quantity at wholesale food clubs, or we can provide pans at a cost of $41.00 per 100. If you want to purchase them yourselves, they are a ½ size pan with dimensions of 2 9/16 inch deep and 12×10 inches.
- Freeze the casserole until it’s hard before delivering it to the drop-off point. This step is really important. We stack the casseroles. If they are not all frozen completely, they ooze out of the pans, can’t be used and ruin others.
- Label the casserole(s) with the date and name of recipe and group or individual.
- Use safe food handling techniques when you prepare the casserole. Wash your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds before beginning and while cooking, if you touch your face or hair or leave the kitchen before completing the casserole.
- Drop it off or call for someone to pick it up. Catholic parishes throughout the area serve as collection points. If you can’t make it to a drop off point during a collection time, another volunteer will come and pick up your casserole.
- In a hurry? Large, family-sized trays of frozen macaroni and cheese are always a welcome food donation.
Making casseroles is a great family project and a good way to introduce children to volunteering. Volunteer as a family.
Donations are accepted seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enter through ODBEC’s rear parking lot to access delivery entrance. Push call button to enter gated parking. Unload donations at the delivery door on the left. For assistance, press intercom button at the delivery entrance door. There’s no need to call ahead unless you need assistance or if you have questions. Our number is 667-600-3438.
Whether you decide to do a one-time event or you would like to be a regular participant, please the volunteer line at 443-986-9031 so we know when and what casseroles to expect.
We ask that you have a designated group or parish coordinator that runs your program, and is the contact for us, if your participation will happen monthly. We greatly appreciate your generosity and time with helping Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens.
Contact our Volunteer line at 443-986-9031 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information, to find out what we need most, to find a drop off location or arrange a pickup. You may also contact the Volunteer Manager, Nick Rudomin at 667-600-3438 or email@example.com