Breakfast Ministry and Clothing Cupboard

Each Saturday morning, 52 weeks a year, we serve a hot breakfast, and provide clothing and toiletries to 50-80 people (mostly men).

Our volunteers include members of Old First, groups from other congregations, students and community service groups, and guests who come for the breakfast but arrive early to help set up.

We depend on donations of clothing and toiletries for our Clothing Cupboard, and we partner with Philabundance for some of our ingredients for the breakfast.

Volunteers are needed to cook, distribute clothes, welcome guests, and take prayer requests.

All volunteers in the group must be 14 or older.

Cooking Confirmands at Old First UCC

Saturday Morning Volunteers

Team Leader – This volunteer opportunity is held by members of Old First who are trained and are the contact person on the designated day.

Breakfast Team – This is an opportunity for a group of people who offer breakfast to 80 guests (and 10 volunteers). The group provides all the food, prepares the breakfast and serves our guests.


If you are interested in having your group volunteer in this capacity please read our guide to know what is expected of teams.

Clothing Distributors – Our clothing cupboard functions as a “free store,” offering as much dignity and choice as possible given the availability of donations from week to week. Clothing distributors assist our guests with finding a new outfit and offering personal care items.


Making a donation? Please check our guide for items we’re currently in need of.

Other Volunteers – We also need volunteers to assist us to greet our guests, attend the restrooms and give out tickets.

Saturday Cupboard Breakfast Volunteer Responsibilities

Breakfast volunteer serve Saturdays 7am to 10:30 and guests are welcome from 8 to 11am.

Arrive in time to complete breakfast preparations by 9:15 AM.

Most arrive by 7:30

Set tables for 8, each with

napkins, utensils, Juice & coffee cups
creamer & two sugar packets in each coffee cup

Cook breakfast

Start 2 coffee urns by 8:30 AM (1 hour to perk)

Set additional items on each table

trays for rolls, pastries, donuts, fruit, etc.
A pitcher or bottle of juice
A Coffee Carafes – only ¾ full


Serve Breakfast

Teams of 2 serving one full table of eight at a time.
Collect tickets so we know who has been fed

Thoroughly clean kitchen

Wash, dry and put away all dishes
Clear off and wipe down all countertops and stove/ovens
Take all leftovers and extra supplies.

Debrief with Old First Leader prior to leaving


Contact your team leader if you have questions. Click to check out the volunteer list for contact information.

What You'll Need

Supplies to provide breakfast for 90 (80 guests plus 10 volunteers)

Breakfast food

NO pork products please


10 ½ c grounds (3 ½ cups per urn)
Sugar packets ~300
1 gallon of milk to be used as creamer

Paper & Plastic Supplies

Plates, Napkins, & utensils
10-12 oz. hot cups & 5-7 oz. juice cups

Clothing Cupboard

Distribute Clothing

Individuals and groups serve on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 11 am, organizing and distributing clothing and toiletries to guests after breakfast. All volunteers must be 14 or older.

Donate Clothing or Toiletries

We accept donations of men’s clothing (except dress clothes) and toiletries during normal office hours and on Sunday mornings. We are currently in need of:

T-shirts and long-sleeve shirts
Winter jackets
Scarves, hats, and gloves
Sneakers and boots
New socks and underwear
Toothbrushes and toothpaste

We are unable to accept donations of women’s or children’s clothing.

You may also purchase items from our Amazon wish list.

Food sent through Amazon has FREE shipping and you don’t have to carry anything to Old First, it ships directly to us.

Please contact the church if you have questions about donating

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