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
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $80,735.00
Projected Expenses $84,600.00
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.

Bread for Life needs and depends on your support. We provide food assistance to over 800 different, distinct, individual households every month. A household may be a single individual or family of many. Healthy nutritious food is not a treat or special event. We eat every day. Bread for Life is open three times a week every week to provide food assistance throughout the year.

We are also available to provide emergency food assistance, but we feel our most important role is to provide regular, scheduled, consistent healthy food. We have the facilities to store and serve food, the transportation to gather food and the volunteers to handle food.  
Our most important need is financial. While 67% of our food is donated, we do pay a small handling charge for over 285,000 pounds of food  (mostly meats) every year. Transportation and refrigeration are also significant costs. Food costs alone will exceed $70,000 in 2018. 
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 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mark Cook Community Volunteer
Reverend James Cowles Pastor of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church
Richard Foard community volunteer
Reverend Jim Larsen Pastor of Apostles Lutheran Church
Bob Quinzel Community Volunteer
Ray Scholz Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
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 Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
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 Friday from 10:30 - 1:30 and on Wednesdays from 1 - 5. We serve all of Gloucester County and our near-by neighbors. We suggest recipients come twice a month. If needed clients may come every week, 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.
Bread for Life is a Client's Choice pantry. Clients are invited to choose the food they need and know their family will eat. The food available will vary from day to day based on availability. A normal distribution will offer canned and dry goods. A variety of fresh vegetables, potatoes, onions and greens, fresh fruits and salads. We often have dairy products and always have frozen meats, beef, chicken and pork. We have sweets, cookies, cakes and breakfast pastries. We offer a wide selection of sliced breads, rolls and artisan breads.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $80,735.00
Projected Expenses $84,600.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$300,957$304,961$293,498
Administration Expense$22,133$20,701$515
Fundraising Expense$548$1,954$985
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%93%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$88,672$93,457$97,322
Current Assets$29,947$27,768$26,746
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$2,529$5,718$8,712
Total Net Assets$86,143$87,739$88,610
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.844.863.07
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2018View