St. Francis Breadline2017-02-28T08:55:50+00:00

Learn About The St. Francis Breadline

You don’t have to look far to find those in need these days. With the skyrocketing costs of housing, food and heat, some of our brothers and sisters can’t keep their heads above water. At some point in their lives, they struggle to feed themselves and their children. For the past 86 years the St. Francis Breadline has provided meals to over 400 men, women and children each morning. Everyday, at 7AM, a line forms down 31st street in New York City and each one of our guests receives a sandwich, a cup of coffee and a simple slice of cake. Many of these people are homeless, disabled, veterans or just struggling to make ends meet.


Meet Fr. Paul Lostritto
Executive Director of the St. Francis Breadline

Fr. Paul Lostritto, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar who serves as a Parochial Vicar at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Midtown Manhattan. He is the Executive Director of Franciscan Bread for the Poor and its ministries, the St. Frances Breadline and Franciscans Deliver, a food pantry on wheels. He also serves on the Board of Directors of The Dwelling Place, a homeless shelter for women located in Hells Kitchen in Midtown.
As a Franciscan priest, nurse, artist and public speaker, Fr. Paul possesses a wide variety of talents that he uses to serve the community. Born and educated in Connecticut, Fr. Paul has close ties to New York, where he serves the local community surrounding the St. Francis of Assisi Church. At St. Francis, he applies his interpersonal skills to his duties as a Priest, which includes celebrating the daily Mass and hearing confessions.
Prior to his ministry here in New York, Fr. Paul was assigned to St. Anthony’s Shrine in downtown Boston where he helped to establish St. Anthony’s Franciscan Food Center, a food pantry that offers food to families and individuals who are in need of assistance.