St. John’s Bread and Life Center has been serving our community for quite a few years and our students continually get the opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering at the Center. On Saturday, March 23, 3013, four students departed from Gate 6 and traveled to Brooklyn by Taxi to St. Johns Bread and Life. Upon Arriving, they were greeted by Staff Member and Director, Al Diefenbach and received a tour of the facility. The 2 story building housed a library, a pantry, and even a Chapel which provides support and prayer for those seeking it. For weeks the Bread and Life Center offered services from Jackson Hewitt allowing members of the registered community to have their taxes filed free of charge. Less fortunate individuals are able to check out books, browse the internet, and print documents in the 1st floor library. They are also able to receive advice and help from pro-bono attorneys and administrators on the 2ndfloor.
St. John’s Bread and Life Center also offered a kitchen where they offer classes on healthy eating habits and show those in need how to cook and eat healthy. The four St. John’s volunteers spent most of their volunteered time that day organizing the food pantry and completing inventory tasks to make sure all the information was up to date to be inputted into the check-out system. The check-out system is an online database that registered members are able to access and use to cash in their free points to redeem food.
“My experience at Bread and Life was an amazing one. By having the opportunity to be of assistance that day by sorting food and taking inventory of the available food items to be handed out, I felt as if I was contributing significantly to those in need. Furthermore, I was happy to see that the Bread and Life Center does not only focus on feeding those in need, but also does so much more! Overall, I was happy to learn of the many contributions of St. John’s Bread and Life and happy grateful for having the opportunity to serve there.”
~Sloundey Colin-Pierre (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated | Fall 2012)