NEW YORK — Next weekend marks the start of something new for the historic and much used St. Francis Breadline in Midtown Manhattan.
During the weekend of Dec. 15, the ministry will dedicate the Franciscans Deliver food pantry at 139 West 31st St. All are welcome to a two-day open house commemorating the first expansion of the breadline since it opened more than 80 years ago.
Since 1930, the breadline has served food each morning to hundreds of men and women who line up outside St. Francis of Assisi Church. Information about St. Francis Breadline can be found on its website.
Beginning later this month, Franciscans Deliver will also provide groceries to the elderly and others who “for one reason or another” are unable to leave their homes. All are invited to join the dedication, ribbon cutting and open house in the new pantry on the first floor of the adult education center slightly west of the church.
The hours are: Saturday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be conducted at the 4 p.m. Saturday Mass and the 5 p.m. Sunday Mass. Donations of several items — coffee, tea and peanut butter — are being welcomed.