Bread of Life

Bread of Life Food Ministries


The Frederick County jail was built in 1875. It remained the jail until 1984 when the Mission purchased and remodeled it.  A building that had been one for the imprisonment of men is now used to set men free from homelessness and/or addiction and to bring warm meals, clothing, and Christ’s love to those in need.

The Bread of Life Kitchen has served thousands of meals since the early 1990’s when we began providing meals for people in need. Breakfast and lunch are served daily, 365 days a year regardless of the weather or holidays.

The previous kitchen was built in about 1925 and had definitely seen better days. In 2009, the Mission hired a full-time chef, and by 2012, it was clear that the Mission needed a new kitchen. The exceptional local architect Michael Proffitt freely gave his time and effort to design the modern kitchen. The George L. Shields Foundation generously donated $600.000 toward our new kitchen’s completion, and the Ausherman Family Foundation graciously provided a $100,000 matching grant. Together with many private partners of the Mission, they made our new kitchen a reality.

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, we celebrated with the grand opening ceremony of the George L. Shields Bread of Life Kitchen. Our hearts are full of gratitude to God and our many faithful supporters who made the new kitchen possible.

George L. Shields Kitchen; Bread of Life Meal Schedule


Everyday: 7am – 8am


Monday – Saturday: 12 – 1:30pm
Sunday: 1 – 2pm

The Mission serves dinner to the residents of the Changed Life Recovery Program each day at 5pm.           

Food Distribution Center

Afternoon Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Evening Hours

Thursday: 2 – 6 pm

The Mission’s Food Distribution Center offers families and individuals free donated perishable goods, which they can take home with them to help provide food for themselves and their families.

We are one of the wealthiest counties in Maryland, yet many of our neighbors are affected by food insecurity. People from all walks of life find themselves in need of groceries they can’t afford for a variety of reasons.

Food items are received each week from the Maryland Food Bank, local grocery stores, restaurants, farmers, individuals, organizations and more.  In 2018, we served over 104,000 individuals in need of groceries. Thanks to our community partners, we can offer thousands of pounds of fresh and non-perishable food each year.