We are committed to serving the growing number of New Yorkers who depend on us for food survival and other critical needs with compassion and justice. See how we accomplish this in an ethical and cost effective manner.

Our Dedication to Donation Effectiveness

82₡ of every dollar donated goes directly to client needs. We deliver our services with the dignity of all community members in mind, while also respecting the generosity of our supporters through wise stewardship. See a breakdown of this approach below:

Department Costs per Meal Bread and Life Cost Estimated Value per Meal* Savings
Soup Kitchen $ 3.82 $ 7.99 $ 4.17
Mobile Soup Kitchen $ 3.98 $ 6.99 $ 3.01
Food Pantry $ 1.70 $ 3.50 $ 2.99
Combined averaged cost per meal $ 3.16 $ 6.16 $ 3.39
Social Service Units of Service Cost Per unit of Service
$ 9.70
Average $ gain for Guests per unit of service**
$136.20
Difference
$128.30

* Meal values are averaged between lowest and highest cost, due to menu variations.

**The monies include Food Stamps Public Assistance Grants, Social Security Benefits , Earned Income Tax Credit and Wages

Annual Reports

Find out our latest accomplishments and service statistics in our most recent Annual Report.

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Your Generosity
Uplifts Lives

Over 85% of your gift to St. John’s Bread & Life provides food and social services without discrimination to people in need in Brooklyn and Queens.

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