Loaves & Fishes Blog

Brown Paper Grocery Bags Lined Up The Street…..These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things! Scouting for Food Totals 255,779lbs of Food!

Most of you know that cherished song from the Sound of Music, right?  “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad” The first weekend in February, I experienced a few of my absolute f... read more

There Are So Many Stories Waiting To Be Told And We Need To Listen

I have always wanted to serve.  I come by it honestly.  One of my earliest memories is going door to door with my mother for the United Appeal---now the United Way---when I was just three years old.  I would sing a song, do a little dance and my mother would ask for the money.... read more

Information Regarding the Federal Government Shutdown and Food and Nutrition Benefits February Issuance and Helpful Resources

Many of the clients that we serve receive SNAP/food stamp benefits. The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services has announced that SNAP recipients will receive their February allocations early, in late January, but then there are no plans for further funds until federal ... read more

The faces of hunger in Charlotte might not be who you expect

  The faces of hunger in Charlotte might not be who you expect By Courtney McLaughlin  - December 28, 2018  This article is brought to you in partnership with Charlotte Five and Loaves & Fishes.  In this season of plenty, it... read more

Faces of Hunger: “I Would Do Without Before My Kids Went Without”

Ida and her son Keith stood in front of a shelf filled with choices of canned fruit. She gently urged Keith to make the choice for their family. When he couldn’t decide, she pointed and said, “I know you really like that.” Smiling, he nodded and put the cans in their cart. ... read more

Fighting Hunger in Mecklenburg Co. where 1 in 5 Children Live in Poverty

Consider this: 130,000 people in Mecklenburg Co. live in poverty. 1 in 5 children in Mecklenburg Co. live in poverty. Last year, Loaves & Fishes provided a week's worth of groceries to 76,517 people, enough to fill Bank of America stadium. 46% of those were chil... read more