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We Are Putting In the Hard Work.

We are a local non-profit organization that provides delicious (and nutritious!)  food and a sense of community for the under-resourced of Midland, Texas. Amongst the obvious need for food, water, and shelter, we as humans also have a deep need for community. At Breaking Bread, we strive to foster community through feeding the body and the soul. It is our desire to develop relationships with those whom we are privileged to serve.

Founded in the 1980s, Breaking Bread started out as a simple bread truck repainted to look like a cow by Robert Dorn to serve the under-resourced areas of Midland. Soon, Dorn and other community members began renting out space in a local church to host an evening meal for the oilfield workers. The Abell-Hanger Foundation became aware of the mission of the meal, and the building on Florida Avenue became Breaking Bread Ministries’ new home!

Fast forward to today—and we still hold true to our roots. We believe that no one shall be turned away. Whether on the streets or in our building, you are guaranteed a meal. We look to enrich the stomachs and the souls of those we serve in the manner that Christ has directed us to follow. We look towards a bright future, and hope to provide more services to our community through our commitment to Christ!

Breaking Bread Ministries is proud to serve the population of Midland, and we look forward to serving alongside you! 

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About Us

Trey Atwater

Trey began working for Breaking Bread in 2020 as Director of Programs and Outreach, where he launched Breaking Bread’s ‘Rise Up’ Initiative. The success of that program was enormous. We were able to get 55 identification documents filed for our clients and saw 21 chronically homeless individuals leave the streets into meaningful and sustainable new lives like rehab, pursuing school, or with new jobs in the first year alone. In August of 2021, Trey stepped into the role of interim Executive Director, where his focus will be developing and implementing a robust emergency management program with the city of Midland and Midland County to better serve our unsheltered residents during disaster situations, like the extreme winter storm of February 2021.

Trey is a natural problem-solver, and has the unique ability to incorporate gospel-centered principles into daily counsel with clients. Discipleship and evangelising the Gospel are his top priorities for the experience of the clients who visit Breaking Bread.

Trey served as a Green Beret in the U.S. Army for 10 years, and is pursuing dual degrees of an M.Ed. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling from Texas Tech University, and an Executive Master of Public Service and Administration, Nonprofit Management Track, from Texas A&M, and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from The University of Texas Permian Basin.

Krystal Atwater

Krystal joined the staff as our Fellowship Director in April of 2020, and transitioned to Director of Fund Development and Marketing in April of 2021. Krystal is wife to Trey and mom to their 3 kids, with #4 on the way. She has a B.A. in Communication, and is working toward a master’s degree from Texas Tech.

Krystal’s heart to joyfully love on each person that walks into our building makes her invaluable to our ministry.

Jen Smithers

Jen has been our Director of Food Services since December of 2020, a move she made while realizing her passions for ministry after a career as a chef and a baker. She holds a master’s degree in child psychology from Louisiana State University - Geaux Tigers! Jen is a hometown Midlander whose heart to serve goes deep and cares for our clients immensely - she has a second job as a caregiver for an intellectually disabled elderly client she met at Breaking Bread.

Jen lives with her three precious dogs: Bentley, a pint-sized yorkie who believes himself to be the guard dog of the pack, and Meeko and Milo, who are terrier mix brothers she adopted when they were two weeks old.

Linnea Warnick

Linnea is the newest member of the Breaking Bread team, joining in April 2021. As Office Manager, Linnea is the first smiling face and warm hug our clients, volunteers, and community members see when they walk through our doors. She handles administrative tasks for our team, manages client intake, assists with marketing, fund development, and Bible studies, and has even helped serve on our breakfast truck and prepare dinner on a number of occasions.

Linnea is the loudest and proudest member of the Fighting Texas Aggie class of 2018, about to celebrate her first anniversary with her husband, Evan, and they have lived in Midland with their two dogs, Shiner and Kaira since August of 2019.

Through Jesus

What we do.

If you are hungry, we will feed you. If you want to talk, we will listen. If you have a need, we will strive to fulfill it.
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We serve a hot meal, a friendly smile, and the love of Christ—three things our souls desire.

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As we look to expand our outreach and love, we strive to foster a sense of community through scripture and each other with our Bible studies and discipleship.
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What You Do Really Helps.

You can donate in three ways. Through your financial gifts, your time, and your food gifts.
Your financial gifts help our scope and reach to expand. Every dollar donated is put back into our in-house ministry and feeding programs. Thank you for helping to make Breaking Bread Ministries possible and for being the hands and feet of Jesus. If you choose to donate your time, we have volunteer opportunities in both our ministry kitchen and our mobile kitchen. If you would like to donate food to our rotating menu, we would love to talk with you.

Whatever you donate—financial, time, or food—helps, and we can promise that you will receive much more than you give.



You can help

Do It For Humanity. Join Us.

Those who serve at Breaking Bread Ministries say that they always get more than they give. We have volunteer opportunities in our ministry kitchen and our mobile kitchen, both morning and night.

If you have the desire to volunteer, or you would like to discuss your group volunteering, please reach out. We would love to talk with you more.

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