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35 Years of Multiplying Miracles

In 1975 a retired secretary named Virginia Sampson, was concerned about hungry people in Charlotte. At that time there were no soup kitchens, no shelters, no where for hungry people to go and get food. Virginia rallied 4 or 5 close friends and neighbors and organized the first Loaves & Fishes pantry. They distributed food from her church, Holy Comforter Episcopal on Park Road. That first year, this small group provided food for 1,000 people.

This year we celebrate 35 years of ministry to hungry people. Our pantry network has grown to 18. The original half dozen volunteers have swelled to more than 700. And, we provided food for 102,638 in 2009.

We would love to work ourselves out of business. Until then, we will continue to change lives, one person, one meal, one bag of groceries at a time. Who knows what miracle that might be multiplied into. It’s happened before.