There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread
– Mahatma Gandhi
Sister Theresa & Sister Maureen

Srs. Theresa & Maureen, Co-Directors

Dear Friends of the House of Bread,


To be honest with you, when we founded The House of Bread thirty-seven years ago, we thought the plight of the hungry, the homeless, and the poor would be diminished by the end of the 20th century. In fact, we thought we would be retired by now… but that doesn’t seem to be in our future just yet. There is so much more work that needs to be done.

Indeed, after providing various services to the needy population in the Hartford area for nearly four decades, the problems of hunger and homelessness in this city, this state, and this country are still with us. Connecticut and its cities, including Hartford, face growing financial challenges as subsidies are cut. Despite these economic trials, we are able to continue to feed the hungry and house the homeless because of your infinite capacity to support our mission. Which is why we are asking you to, once again…

Join us for lunch at our 31st annual Hunger Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 am-1 pm at the Franciscan Urban Center, 285 Church Street, Hartford. (Free parking)

For $25, you will receive a bowl of homemade soup, bread, and an apple, as well as the knowledge that you have personally helped us to continue the work we started in 1980.

Never in our most hopeful dream did we think our ministry would grow to what it has become today. With your continued support, our programs have touched the lives of tens of thousands of men, women, and children. In the course of an average week, The House of Bread Soup Kitchen prepares and serves nearly 2,000 meals, and our Kids Cafe program provides daily meals for 600 children during the school year.

You are the reason this happens! Your generosity allows us to help make “God appear [to the hungry] in the form of bread. Truly, food is the gift of life.

Thank you, and blessings of peace and hope to you and your family.

Sister Theresa Fonti, CSJ Sister Maureen Faenza, CSJ

Co-founders and Directors of The House of Bread