Category Archives: News

North Carolina Ranks In Top 10 of Hungriest States in U.S.

North Carolina ranks in the top 10 but it is nothing to be proud of. 15.1% of NC households experienced food insecurity in 2016. An article in USA TODAY shares the findings from the USDA’s latest food security report. Read the article here: From Sarah Toy, USA TODAY As many Americans settle into fall with pumpkin […]

It’s Hard to Focus When You’re Hungry

Katlyn Denise is 4-years-old. Recently, she came with her mom, Etta-Marie, to the Loaves & Fishes food pantry at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church to shop for food for their family.   Etta-Marie and her children became homeless after she lost her job. She currently works as a bus drive for Charlotte Area Transportation Services (CATS), […]

This summer, you helped feed over 8,500 children!

For even one child, not knowing where your next meal is coming from can be very scary. Families that rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year often spend their summer months struggling to put food on the table. Stretching already tight budgets to provide two extra meals a day, added […]

“I can choose the food that fits my family’s needs”

Shawnovia and her husband are a working family with two school-aged children. Shawnovia also struggles with Lupus. Because of flair-ups and resulting doctors appointments, Shawnovia sometimes is forced to miss several days of work. On these days, she does not get paid. She tells us, “Loaves & Fishes helps working families have that extra support. […]

Loaves & Fishes’ Food Pantry Network Continues to Grow!

Loaves & Fishes is thrilled to announce the opening of three new pantries to better serve our neighbors in need. Hope Covenant House, located in the Oakview Terrace community off of Brookshire Freeway and I-85, will serve clients a week’s worth of groceries Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-7pm. The pantry is located within what has […]

Hidden Hunger: Elizabeth’s Story

A growing number of college students can’t make ends meet. One local student often has to go without food while studying for exams and holding down a job. For her, Loaves & Fishes is a life saver. Elizabeth’s family has no idea she is hungry and she wants to keep it that way. Elizabeth is […]

The Genesis of A Much Bigger Movement

President George H. W. Bush delivered the call to service in his inauguration speech in 1989 and reinforced the idea often during his presidency.  “We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light.. . . We all have something to […]

Where Do We Go From Here to Fight Poverty In Charlotte?

Charlotte will become a better, kinder city only if we make it that way.  We have choices to make. The Opportunity Task Force is no more.  The next incarnation, at least website-wise, is LeadingOnOpportunity.org, and this is where you go to read the report of the Opportunity Task Force findings and recommendations.  The comments in […]

Thank You to WDAV Donors who also Supported Loaves & Fishes

Many thanks to the following people who donated to WDAV during a recent on-air challenge. These generous donors responded to a fund-raising challenge to address two community needs at once:  helping neighbors meet a basic physical need for food and helping neighbors meet a basic emotional need for music.  A generous donor challenged listeners to give to WDAV. The donor […]

We’re All In This Together

This month, Tina Postel and I attended the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Together with 1,300 hunger fighters from all 50 states, we shared information, best practices and concerns, especially over future funding of child hunger programs.  With a delegation from N.C., Tina and I spent a morning on Capitol Hill advocating on behalf […]