Welcome to web site for Bread of Life Giving and Sharing! We are faith-based ministry/charity in Ava, Missouri aimed at providing meals, clothing and other necessities to children and others in need.

Staffed entirely by volunteers, we are operating out of the True יBrew Coffee Shop, Bread of Life Thrift & Grocery, and the Ava TrueView Family Theater.

We are also 100% debt free and our only expenses are food, utilities and basic operation costs. There is no payroll.


At True Brew, our menu consists of coffee, sandwiches, wraps, salads, along with some new menu items such as grilled salmon, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and a full breakfast menu such as a omelets, croissants, breakfast burritos, and traditional breakfast with bacon & eggs, grits and toast. As a service to our community, we are also offering Hand-Dipped Ice Cream at only 50 cents per scoop! You can pre-order your meal, even days in advance right here from the top of this web page, through our Facebook page, or through the FoodBooking App on your phone.

All proceeds from each of our venues are used to assist the needy in our community. At True Brew, if anyone is otherwise unable to afford meals at home, they can simply point to the Free Meal Card on the table or front register, or mention their need to one of our volunteers. The meal will be at no charge or for a donation of any amount, no questions asked. We do this so that everyone can maintain their dignity, avoiding the stigma sometimes associated with soup kitchens.

Currently, about 40% of our meals go out for free to people in need.

The downstairs portion of True ‘Brew is currently used as collection and distribution center for food and garden produce. This provides a way for you to give, and we’ll share freely!


Bread of Life Thrift & Grocery is now located at 212 N Jefferson Street in Ava (formerly National TV & Rental building) where we have triple the floor space compared to our former location on the square. We offer discounted grocery items and locally produced meat, dairy and vegetables along with some organic options.

We offer free clothing and other basic items to anyone in need. Donations are appreciated. It is open on weekdays, 10:00am to 6:00pm, and on ‘sunday’ from Noon to 6pm.


The Ava TrueView Family Theater is located just off the Ava Square at 209 South Jefferson Avenue. We offer first run faith-based and inspirational films at low ticket prices. Older movies are offered for FREE admission (or a donation of any amount), no strings attached. See our web site, Facebook Page, or call 417-683-2999 for our current listings.

Our theater also offers rentable meeting space, including the theater itself with a stage, stage curtains, quality sound system and optional video recording and live broadcasting over Facebook, YouTube or your website.

An additional smaller meeting room is also available to rent for business meetings, birthday parties, and other special events.

At Bread of Life Giving and Sharing,
our primary goal is to help address the 27% food insecurity rate among Douglas County children (source: Missouri Kids Count). This is more than twice the national average. Douglas County is a community with many wonderful people, but it is also the third poorest county in the state with more than 1 out of 3 Douglas County Children living in poverty (35%).

It may seem hard to believe, but childhood hunger is a real issue in our community and CNN once even did a news piece highlighting the problem in southern Missouri.

So our goal is to love, bless and serve all we come in contact with. You can learn more about us by clicking the links at the top of this page.

Additionally, please visit True Brew’s Facebook page and click “Like” to keep yourself updated on the latest news.