Help feed hungry families! Loaves & Fishes anticipates the need for emergency food to spike with the economic impact on our community.  Your support is needed to ensure our neighbors in need are fed. Click here for Loaves & Fishes response to COVID-19.  To donate online click here or text HUNGERACTION to 44321.


In 1975 a handful of community members were wondering what to do about a relatively new phenomenon in Charlotte – hungry people. At the time, there was no coordinated effort to address the issue. A small group of concerned lay people at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church came together and agreed that our community needed to organize to help people who were hungry.  Loaves & Fishes was born.

In its first year, the pantry that began at Holy Comforter fed 1,000 people. Today, Loaves & Fishes is a national model serving approximately 80,232 people last year through a network of 41 pantries in Mecklenburg County.

Loaves & Fishes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nondenominational organization founded and operated by local religious congregations and community organizations. Since 1975, Loaves & Fishes has responded to the problem of growing hunger in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and continues to expand to meet that need.

Over 40 Years of Impact at Loaves & Fishes


Through a network of over 30 emergency food pantries located throughout Mecklenburg County, Loaves & Fishes provides a week’s supply of groceries to families and individuals experiencing a short term crisis.


At the height of the recession Loaves & Fishes feeds 126,803 people.


During the recession, Loaves & Fishes’ Board of Directors votes to lower the wait for clients between pantry visits from 60 to 30 days.


Loaves & Fishes expands to 6 pantries and feeds 20,000 people.


Mecklenburg Co. Council Boy Scouts of America’s Scouting for Food drive collects a record breaking 260,000 pounds of food.


Loaves & Fishes sees a return to pre-recession levels, providing a week’s supply of groceries to 78,602 people. 48% are children.


Client Choice is introduced. Clients choose from a nutritionally balanced shopping list the foods they know their families will eat lending dignity and cutting down on waste.


Loaves & Fishes purchases its first delivery truck.


A small group of dedicated volunteers, opens an emergency food pantry at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Charlotte. The pantry feeds 1,000 people.