Not Bread Alone

A Community Meal Program in Amherst

Letter From our Program Supervisor

Dear supporters and guests of Not Bread Alone


As you know this has been a difficult time for all of us and especially for people who have limited resources. As we learn to live with social distancing and heightened cleaning practices we wanted to assure you that Not Bread Alone is still here to provide three meals a week and fresh produce on Saturdays.


On Saturdays and Sundays, the meal will be served between 11:45 AM and 1:15 PM. On Wednesdays, the meal will be served between 3:45 PM and 5:15 PM.


To protect the safety of guests, staff, and volunteers, all meals and produce will be served take out style.


Please be assured the meals will still be NBA quality! This means a hot, delicious main dish, a vegetarian option, multiple vegetable dishes, soup, salad, bread, and dessert.


Containers of food will be picked up from tables just inside the building and then guests will be asked to take them elsewhere to be eaten. The line at the table will be strictly controlled to ensure a 6-foot distance between all guests.


Before and after each meal all surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized and staff and volunteers will keep their hands washed and wear gloves.

We provide a vital service to people in difficult circumstances.We and our partners at CHD are committed to providing this service through this crisis. If you need help, please come get a meal, if you can help or have questions, please contact program supervisor Bob Stover at Together we will get through this, thank you for your understanding of these new protocols, and stay well!


Bob Stover

Important Updates Regarding COVID-19:

In line with CDC and Mass. DPH recommendations for actions to limit potential exposure to COVID-19, particularly for people considered to be at elevated risk, CHD will be modifying service at Not Bread Alone.

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, we will implement a “To Go” meal approach. There will be no tables or chairs set up and guests will be asked to enter the building, get their meal, and leave.

We will follow the guidance of the CDC and the Amherst Health Department and will resume regular service as soon we feel it is safe to do so.
The mission of NBA is to not only provide a meal but to also provide fellowship and an antidote to the isolation that so many of our guests experience. This decision was not made lightly however, part of our responsibility is to protect those we serve. We feel this is the best way to keep people healthy and still ensure that the essential service of providing a meal continues.

Not Bread Alone welcomes everyone to help prepare and enjoy fresh, nutritious, and family-style meals using local ingredients whenever possible. Our free meals program fosters a caring environment that relies on strong volunteer and community involvement. All who come are welcomed, accepted and appreciated for what they can offer.

We provide FREE homemade, hot meals at noon every Saturday and Sunday and at 4 pm on every Wednesday. Donated groceries are distributed every Saturday at 12:45. We also have counselors on site to help guests resolve issues such as housing, food stamp applications, health insurance, and employment.


Meals served in the lower level of the First Congregational Church of Amherst, UCC
Street Address:
165 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Kitchen telephone: (413) 256-0128
Not Bread Alone Mailing Address:
PO Box 855
Amherst, MA 01004