Bread for Life Community Food Pantry, Inc.
6262 Main Street
Gloucester VA 23061
Mission Statement
Bread for Life is a community food pantry serving our brothers and sisters who are in need of food. We serve with love and compassion to express the living word of Christ in our world today.
Bread for Life is an equal opportunity provider.
CEO/Executive Director Robert Quinzel
Board Chair Reverend Jim Cowles
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Church of St Therese
Contact Information
Address 6262 Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061
Telephone 804 694-9366
Fax 804 693-4766
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $353,164.00
Projected Expenses $353,164.00
Bread for Life is a community food pantry serving our brothers and sisters who are in need of food. We serve with love and compassion to express the living word of Christ in our world today.
Bread for Life is an equal opportunity provider.
Impact Food is a basic human need. Bread for Life impacts the heart and soul of our community. It sustains the spirit of hope all people deserve in their lives. We provide food assistance. We are faith based. We do not question and we do not judge. We help feed the individuals and families who most times do not know where their next meal will come from. It allows them to continue to search for a better life, to continue the work they do, and to contribute to the community. Bread for Life supplements the County’s social programs for the needy, allowing the County to allocate funds to other programs also essential to the community. A well-fed population is stable, progressive, hard-working, and unified. The Bread for Life Community Food Pantry sustains the heart of the community.

We have more space! We have the transportation. In 2013 we completed an addition to our pantry building. The entire old building complete with a new walk-in freezer is used exclusively for storage. The new addition features a check-in computer station and a long 22 foot distribution counter. We have a new “used” box truck, which has greatly increased our ability to procure large quantities of food and transport it protected from the elements.

Our biggest need remains the same, more food! Despite an improving economy, food insecurity remains and even grows. The average monthly number of families seeking food assistance has increased from 509 families in 2012 to 610 in 2013 and is now averaging 717 families every month in 2014. We need to find more food sources. We need to attract more volunteers to handle the additional food. We need to increase our fund raising, donations and grants to pay for it.

Background    The Bread for Life Community Food Pantry is an ecumenical food ministry run by members of more than 10 local churches. It is the vision of Fr. James Cowles, Pastor of the Church of St. Therese in Gloucester, Virginia. He had an empty 2-car garage on the property and realizing the great need in the community, approached Deanna Cobb of St Therese with his vision. Under her leadership and the skilled efforts of many volunteers a part of the garage was converted to a very efficient center for storing and distributing food.


The new food pantry opened its doors on March 19, 2009 to serve 13 families. In the following months the pantry was expanded to include the entire garage. In October of 2010, Deanna Cobb turned over leadership of the pantry to Bob and Susan Quinzel. The pantry has grown to become one of the largest food assistance programs in all of Hampton Roads. In the fall of 2013 an addition was added to the building. The new space is used entirely for “Client Choice” food distributions. Instead of prepackaging bags, food is displayed on a long counter and clients choose the foods they need and know their families will eat. The old pantry is used entirely for storage including a new walk-in freezer.Bread for Life is open for distribution 3 days a week, Mondays and Fridays from 10:30am-1:30pm and on Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm. New and former clients are welcomed to park in the St Therese parking lot. Follow the rear path to the pantry. Clients check-in and are then welcome to select from the display of frozen meats, produce, cans, dry goods, breads and other bakery products. During the 2nd and 3rd full weeks of each month, USDA TEFAP food is also available. The Emergency Food Assistance Program allows eligible recipients to receive an additional food distribution once every month from one pantry. TEFAP food varies from month to month but usually consists of cans, shelf stable milk or juice and frozen meat products.Bread for Life is an independent non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation. We are an agency member of The Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. We shop at the FoodBank warehouse and participate in their “Managers’ Bread Plus Program and their Neighbor to Neighbor food rescue program. We actively collect food from churches, local merchants and individuals. During the summer months BFL volunteers glean local fields to harvest corn and other fresh crops.


Areas of Service
Areas Served
Gloucester County
Board Chair
Board Chair Reverend Jim Cowles
Company Affiliation The Church of St Therese
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Father Jim Cowles Pastor of St. Therese
Ron Duke Community Volunteer
Reverend Mike Gray Pastor of Newington Baptist Church
Reverend Jim Larsen Pastor of Apostles Lutheran Church
Reverend Doug Nagel Pastor of First Presbyterian Chuch
Kathleen ONeal Community Volunteer
Bob Quinzel Community Volunteer
Susan Quinzel Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Robert Quinzel
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 56
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Bread for Life is committed to one program. Helping our brothers and sisters in need of food. We are open every Monday and Wednesday from 10AM - Noon and from 1PM - 3PM to all in need and residing in Gloucester County. We suggest recipients come twice a month. If they are in greater need they may come more often, but no more than once a week. Recipients are usually referred by churches and social services or by self-declaration at the pantry. Recipients from outside Gloucester County who arrive at our pantry always receive food, but may not be signed up for regular participation in the program.
A normal distribution will include some perishable produce items, a bag of bread products, a "bag de jour" (usually cans, sometimes cereals or pastas) and a bag of frozen meats.In addition we may offer household products, fresh farm vegetables (in season), or just after the holiday seasonal items.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $353,164.00
Projected Expenses $353,164.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$304,961$293,498$193,789
Administration Expense$20,701$515$16,432
Fundraising Expense$1,954$985$1,648
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.041.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%99%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$93,457$97,322$88,809
Current Assets$27,768$26,746$37,515
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$5,718$8,712$7,500
Total Net Assets$87,739$88,610$81,309
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.863.075.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2015View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by t/a Ballard and Serio.