The Daily Bread of Lenawee, Inc., was founded in 2001 by Charlene Wielfaert. She had a dream to provide meals for those in need and searched for an appropriate location.  Grants and donations from local foundations and businesses made it possible to purchase a building.

The Daily Bread is still in operation at the original location, 302 South Tecumseh Street, on the east side of Adrian.

Now, in addition to lunch and emergency food pantry service, The Daily Bread provides personal care bags once a quarter. There are also musical and arts events and special holiday celebrations. The Daily Bread provides opportunities for job skill training through collaborative efforts.

Everyone is welcome to eat at The Daily Bread. Patrons hail from every zip code in Lenawee County. Some people are just passing through, others become “regulars”.

In 2020, in response to the COVID19 pandemic, The Daily Bread quickly adapted to providing carryout meals to the community. In 2021 we provided 12,350 hot meals and distributed 10,620 meals through our food pantry.  The Daily Bread was the recipient of 17 grants to help defray expenses.

The Daily Bread employs a full-time Executive Director, two part-time Culinary Specialists, and a part-time Program Coordinator. The Daily Bread is reliant on volunteers to assist with serving, chores and food pickup. Because there is no government funding, The Daily Bread relies on community support for financial and food donations.


Pamela Byrnes

Executive Director


Pamela grew up in Adrian and earned a bachelor's degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has over 20 years of experience working with non-profits. Being a part of The Daily Bread has been a long-time dream of Pamela's, and she is thrilled to be able to serve the Lenawee County community. 

Jess Brainerd

Program Coordinator


In September 2020, Jess Brainerd became the part-time Program Coordinator at The Daily Bread. Her smiling face greets patrons when they enter the building every day, and she manages our pantry and hygiene programs. Jess was born and raised in Adrian.  

Hours of Operation 

Hot Meals/Pantry Hours 

Hygiene Bag Distribution 









11:30 - 2:00
11:30 - 2:00
11:30 - 2:00
11:30 - 2:00
11:30 - 2:00

11:30- 2:00 


January  9

April 3

July 2

Oct 2


11:30- 2:00

11:30- 2:00

11:30- 2:00 

2022Special Dates

Jan     1

Mar 1

Mar  31

May 14

May 30

July     4

Sept. 5


Oct   22

Nov  11

Nov  19

Nov  25

Nov 29

Dec 17

Dec  24 and   25

Closed New Years Day

Daily Bread 21st Anniversary

Easter Meal 

USPS Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Closed Memorial Day 

Closed Independence Day

Closed Labor Day

Adrian Eagle Riders Food Drive 

Reverse Raffle @ Adrian AmVets

Veteran’s Celebration 

Thanksgiving Meal

Closed Thanksgiving 

Giving Tuesday 

Christmas Celebration 

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas             Day