Breaking Bread

UPDATE as of September 2021:

Daily Planet Health Services’ Breading Bread Program is still operating in a drop-off capacity due to COVID-19 precautions. Homemade meals are very much appreciated by our residents – be it breakfast, lunch or dinner – and can be dropped off seven days a week. Please reach out to Sarah Tunner for more information and to coordinate a one-time drop off or a recurring meal donation.

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Daily Planet Health Services’ Breaking Bread Program entails groups purchasing food, preparing meals and then bringing it to the facility to serve the residents staying at our Medical Respite or Safe Haven programs.

Medical Respite is a 20-bed specialized shelter providing short-term recuperative care upon hospital discharge, or other medical complications, for adults experiencing homelessness. The program is intended to give residents time to fully recuperate from their illness, establish a medical home with DPHS and obtain stable housing. It is on Belt Boulevard (across the street from Richmond City Police’s 2nd Precinct) in Richmond’s Southside.

Safe Haven is a 21-bed facility providing transitional housing with comprehensive and integrated health support services to homeless veterans with mental health, substance-use disorders, and/or clients eligible for the Ryan White program. Everyone in this program is stable, but they need a program that gives them a chance to fully understand how to deal with their illness and develop skills needed to live independently. This program is on Hull Street – about 3.5 miles in the city from the county line with Chesterfield.

The average meal costs between $100 and $125 depending on what you choose to serve. Entrée examples include baked chicken, meatloaf, tacos or BBQ; a side dish (vegetable); bread; and a small dessert. Please bring enough food for your group to eat with the residents and feel free to stay and visit for up to an hour. This volunteer program is not just about feeding the body, it’s also about feeding the spirit through conversation and fellowship. We can accommodate 8-10 volunteers at each location with a minimum age of 12.

For more information please reach out to Sarah Tunner via email or phone at stunner@dailyplanetva.org or (804) 783-2505 x2101.