In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Loaves & Fishes has temporarily closed our “brick and mortar” pantries and has switched to mobile “drive-through” style food distribution sites. Clients receive a week’s supply of groceries in a prepacked emergency food box, one for each member of the household, along with fresh produce, fresh meat and dairy as available. Click here for a calendar of our mobile pantry locations. Click here for information on how to get help.
Loaves & Fishes provides a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries to individuals and families experiencing a short-term crisis through a network of 41 emergency food pantries located throughout Mecklenburg County.
Last year, Loaves & Fishes provided groceries to over 80,232 people. 36% were children.
Loaves & Fishes uses a Client Choice model which allows clients to select groceries their family is most likely to eat. Clients are able to choose a specified number of items in the areas of grains, proteins, vegetables, fruit, and dairy based on the size of the family. The number of choices is determined by a Registered Dietitian to ensure that enough food is available to create three meals a day for a week. It is important to the dignity of our clients to feel they have some control and requires them to invest some time in the process. It also allows for greater interaction between clients and volunteers.
We look forward to returning to Client Choice when it is safe for our pantries to reopen.
Loaves & Fishes administrative offices and warehouse are located in Fordham Park at 648 Griffith Road, Suite B Charlotte, NC 28217.
For a list of our mobile pantry locations click here.
It is our vision for all people in our community to meet their basic hunger needs by having access to nutritious food.
Our mission is to provide a week’s worth of nutritious groceries to people within our community facing economic hardships.
We believe that access to nutritious food is a fundamental human right. Therefore, we are guided by the following core values:
Dignity: We believe that all people have inherent worth. We are committed to equitable and inclusive treatment. We strive to provide quality service to our clients.
Stewardship: We efficiently leverage donated resources and volunteer time to further the mission of Loaves & Fishes.
Collaboration: We will work with a diverse group of organizations, public and private, to ensure optimal service to our clients and to avoid duplication of services in our community.