We are a community providing a daily hot breakfast and welcoming space to anyone who is in need. We do this to nourish and strengthen all those who come through our doors.
How We Got Started
The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s started with a simple idea — the desire to help others through tough economic times. Back in 1982, Michigan was among the states hardest hit by a national economic recession. Its unemployment rate was one of the highest in the country.
The community needed help, and a small group of parishioners at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor responded. A handful of volunteers started serving breakfast to anyone who needed it — about 35 guests three times a week in the parish hall. Soon, they were offering breakfast every day. And we’ve been doing it ever since — 365 days a year.
Today, The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s serves almost 100 meals daily and is run by a 12-member board of directors. More than 100 volunteers, many from outside the church, donate their time on a regular basis. Every morning from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., we welcome guests who come for a hot meal and the opportunity to enjoy it in a safe comfortable space. Guests include the young and old. Some are experiencing homelessness or struggling with addiction or mental health challenges, but most are working men and women who are trying to make ends meet.
Unfortunately, the need for help never goes away. The number of hungry people in our community continues to increase. Even in the best financial climates, many are left behind and need a helping hand. As a non-profit organization, the Breakfast at St. Andrew’s is the only program in the Ann Arbor community serving a meal without charge, every day at the same time and place.
The Breakfast Program started with a simple menu of grits, oatmeal, pastries, juice, coffee and, on occasion, hardboiled eggs. Thanks to the generous support of Food Gatherers and donations from individuals, local restaurants and corporations, we have been able to expand our menu to include more protein and fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition to our standard offerings, our breakfast guests are now able to enjoy specialty items such as sausage, ham, quiche, scrambled eggs, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and fresh fruits including watermelon and pineapple. We continue to look for ways to offer variety and nutrition within the confines of our budget and look forward to offering new menu items for our guests.