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I Think I See A Glimmer…

Wasn’t it just a few days ago we gathered round the turkey and transferred the stuffing from ole Tom to ourselves?  Now it is all eyes ahead – some to celebrate Hanakkuh for the next week and for many the shining star of Christmas just three weeks away.  At Loaves & Fishes we have our […]

Lighting Up Eyes at Thanksgiving

It’s almost here – the holiday that says FOOD like no other.  At Christmas food is just part of the festivities.  But at Thanksgiving, dinner is everything.  Years ago I was helping in a pantry when a little boy, about 5 years old, looked at me and asked “Is that whole turkey for my family?”  […]

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 […]

That’s the Glory of Love

Ever had someone say something that reminds you of an old song? Then you can’t get the words (the ones you remember) out of your head. That happened to me last week. A sweet young woman was volunteering at our office. She was obviously handicapped but was so willing and eager to help. She overheard […]

A Simple Birthday

A box of cake mix; who would have known how important it would be?  I came into the office, hit the button on the answering machine and there she was.  The voice sounded young to me, well spoken but a little broken up.  She told about going to a Loaves & Fishes pantry to pick […]

We Walk Because They Walk!

For the past 22 years I have spent one Sunday afternoon in October, while trudging some unfamiliar streets in uptown Charlotte, considering what it would be like not to have running water. A flashback to the days following Hurricane Hugo? No, something much more positive – The Greater Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk. I have walked […]

Did you have dinner and breakfast?

The Children’s Pastor at my church this past Sunday asked a group of 3 – 8 year olds “How many of you had dinner last night and breakfast this morning?” It was interesting to see their reactions. Was it a trick question? What in the world did that have to do with church? Of course […]

Blessings of Simple Joys

Over this past summer my six year old granddaughter discovered one of the simple joys of life. Every Saturday morning we snap a mess of beans together. She has become quite adept at spotting the longest and fattest bean – much more fun than short and skinny. She inspects each bean for brown spots and […]

Sad News in the Mail

Opening the mail at Loaves & Fishes is almost always pleasant. Since more than half of our annual support comes directly from individuals, each day’s mail is made up of many envelopes with checks enclosed. Maybe that is why the one I opened the end of August was so shocking. On an RSVP card for […]