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, an Associate Director, and two part-time Culinary Specialists. 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.


William Southard, President

Melinda Pounders, Vice President

Elizabeth Rising, Secretary

Linda Garcia

Jeffrey Lindstrom

Scotty Marvin

Gidget Rowe 



Pamela Byrnes

Executive Director

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Pamela grew up on Adrian's east side (where her


parents still live) and had a long time dream to


work for The Daily Bread. She earned a


bachelor's degree from the University of


Michigan Ann Arbor and has 20+ years of non-


profit leadership experience. 

Pamela is passionate about creating an equitable community and ensuring the most vulnerable of our neighbors have a voice and are treated with dignity and respect.

Jess Brainerd

Associate Director 


Jess joined the Daily Bread in September 2020, and has grown so much professionally in her time here. She has helped improve services immeasurably. Jess manages our food pantry and hygiene programs, our volunteers and community service workers, and so much more! Her organizational skills are second to none. 

Jess' compassion and commitment to serving the community are a gift to us and those we serve.

Hours of Operation 

Hot Meals Served

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   8

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 

Fundraising Event @ Adrian Armory

Veteran’s Celebration 

Thanksgiving Meal

Closed Thanksgiving 

Giving Tuesday 

Christmas Celebration 

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas             Day