Breaking Bread is a program offered by Walpole Families of Faith, a community of volunteers from Walpole churches -- United Church, Blessed Sacrament, St. Mary, Epiphany, Union Congregational, and South Walpole Methodist -- which, each Monday evening at United Church between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., serves families and individuals a free, hot meal and offers fellowship for those who seek it. Breaking Bread expanded to include a take-out program for those who prefer to bring meals home to their families, or others for whom they may be caregivers. Take-out meals need to be ordered in advance by calling 508-298-4654 and leaving a message prior to 5:00 pm on Thursday of each week. Meals can be picked up on the following Monday between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the entrance of the lower level of United Church at 30 Common Street in Walpole.
Every Monday evening, even on national holidays, members of these area churches, along with restaurants, supermarkets, and local organizations come together to create something special in the town of Walpole -- a meal that feeds the body of all who come, and as a result, nourishes the soul of the community at large. Every week many eager volunteers set up tables and chairs with linens and centerpieces in the large, warm and welcoming Bradford Lewis Hall, upstairs in United Church on Common Street in the center of Walpole. Meanwhile chefs and their assistants prepare healthy, creative and soul-satisfying meals in the kitchen, which are then served by all manner of smiling folks -- from Scouts to retirees to banking executives to teachers and nurses. There is even an organic giving garden at the church, which in the summer provides fresh produce for the meals. Of course, no meal is complete without dessert! The skilled hands of volunteers and professional pastry chefs bake a wide variety of treats each week to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. In addition to the volunteers in evidence on Monday evenings, there are countless others who give both time and financial support to this community affair. Restaurants such as Raven's Nest, Finnegan's Wake, The Good Food Store, and Farmer in the Dell, along with other local individuals and businesses like Norwell & Norwell Insurance, Jim Hyatt of Arabella Insurance, Potters Place, the Walpole Food Pantry, and the Walpole Chamber of Commerce, all pitch in on a regular basis to make Breaking Bread a continuing reality.
Breaking Bread welcomes anyone who wishes to lend their time and talents to assist with this important endeavor. Cooks and ServSafe certified individuals are always needed to enter the rotation, along with coordinators to help organize the details to make the week's event run smoothly. Occasional shopping or baking, which can be done on a flexible schedule, would have a huge impact, along with someone to assist with the coordination of volunteer workers for the meals.