Titusville church breakfast serves the hungry, lonely

Each Saturday, volunteers at First United Methodist Church in Titusville prepare a community breakfast (before the COVID pandemic) served in the church parking lot.

A weekly community breakfast at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Titusville provides nourishment for the body and spirit. 

It is held 8 to 10 a.m. each Saturday in the church parking lot.

Originally in the church Fellowship Hall, it migrated outside when the coronavirus struck.

Breakfast is provided for all, whether hungry for food or the company of others while enjoying a good meal.

Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, orange juice, milk and coffee are on the menu. People can eat on site, socially distancing, or get breakfast to go.

"We serve a wide variety of people, including the homeless," said Ken DeTorres, who coordinates the effort.

People show up on foot, bicycles or in new cars, such as the older Navy veteran who came for years.

"He was there for the company," DeTorres said. "We missed him when he stopped coming and were saddened to learn that he had passed away."

The community and other churches lend a hand.

Annie Gaudi of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mims helps coordinate the church’s assistance.

"Our youth group helps with the breakfasts four times a year," she said. "When I was a teenager, volunteering at a homeless shelter turned my life around. I want to pass that on."

Cards are available for prayer requests. The requests are given to the church prayer chain and mentioned during services. People can remain anonymous or include only first names.

Interested persons can volunteer or send breakfast-designated financial donations to the church at 206 S. Hopkins Ave. in Titusville.

For information, go to fumctitusville.com or call First United Methodist Church at 321-269-7631 or Ken DeTorres at 321-403-6144.