FOCUS Winter Breakfast Club Program: Open November through April, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 7-9 AM at the Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
The program provides a hot meal and a bag lunch to 300-400 people a week during the coldest months of the year.
Breakfast is staffed by volunteers who cook, serve, clean, and engage the guests in conversation. Breakfast Club guests are all ages, though the great majority of them are adults and seniors.
Who is eligible to come to breakfast?
All who would like to join us are welcome! Stop by for a cup of coffee and a chat with old and new friends, or enjoy a full breakfast and conversation with table mates.
What type of breakfast food is served?
Winter Breakfast Club usually consists of an omelet or fried eggs, and an optional meat side of turkey sausage, chicken patty, hamburger or corned beef hash and grits, A server brings fresh fruit (apples, bananas or oranges) as well as yogurt. Toast, oatmeal, milk, juices, coffee & tea are self serve.
What is included in the bag lunch?
Breakfast Club lunches consist of sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, milk, juice and snacks.
Breakfast Club Pastoral Care
Pastoral staff and volunteers offer a compassionate ear and an open heart to folks attending winter Breakfast Club. Our goal is to provide safe and open opportunities for guests to express themselves, to encourage a pleasant social atmosphere and to reduce conflict. We also pray with guests who request this comfort. In addition to emotional and spiritual support, FOCUS staff partners with a number of area organizations and agencies to provide practical assistance in obtaining local social and human services, such as housing and health services.
The Bigger Picture
Over the years (28+) that the program has been open, one thing has become clear: this “temporary” feeding program is now a necessary one. Some people rely on the FOCUS Breakfast Club Program as their main meal of the day, others seek to relieve crunched budgets by enjoying a free hot meal with us. Still, others relish the opportunity to sit and chat with friends over coffee.
Need for programs like this has been growing. Five years ago, we averaged seventy guests per morning. This year, we have been averaging 104. Difficult economic times have made programs like the FOCUS Winter Breakfast more necessary than ever, and there is no sign that this will change any time soon.
Funding for the FOCUS Breakfast Club Program comes from FEMA, New York State, member church donations and individual donations. Food is purchased from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY and local suppliers. More than 18,590 meals were served through our breakfast programs last year.