Category Archives: News

Hidden Hunger: Elizabeth’s Story

A growing number of college students can’t make ends meet. One local student often has to go without food while studying for exams and holding down a job. For her, Loaves & Fishes is a life saver. Elizabeth’s family has no idea she is hungry and she wants to keep it that way. Elizabeth is […]

The Genesis of A Much Bigger Movement

President George H. W. Bush delivered the call to service in his inauguration speech in 1989 and reinforced the idea often during his presidency.  “We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light.. . . We all have something to […]

Loaves & Fishes’ Food Pantry Network Continues to Grow!

Loaves & Fishes is thrilled to announce the opening of three new pantries to better serve our neighbors in need. Hope Covenant House, located in the Oakview Terrace community off of Brookshire Freeway and I-85, will serve clients a week’s worth of groceries Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-7pm. The pantry is located within what has […]

Where Do We Go From Here to Fight Poverty In Charlotte?

Charlotte will become a better, kinder city only if we make it that way.  We have choices to make. The Opportunity Task Force is no more.  The next incarnation, at least website-wise, is LeadingOnOpportunity.org, and this is where you go to read the report of the Opportunity Task Force findings and recommendations.  The comments in […]

Thank You to WDAV Donors who also Supported Loaves & Fishes

Many thanks to the following people who donated to WDAV during a recent on-air challenge. These generous donors responded to a fund-raising challenge to address two community needs at once:  helping neighbors meet a basic physical need for food and helping neighbors meet a basic emotional need for music.  A generous donor challenged listeners to give to WDAV. The donor […]

We’re All In This Together

This month, Tina Postel and I attended the Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Together with 1,300 hunger fighters from all 50 states, we shared information, best practices and concerns, especially over future funding of child hunger programs.  With a delegation from N.C., Tina and I spent a morning on Capitol Hill advocating on behalf […]

Providence Spring Elementary, winner of the Publix “Can Do” Food Drive, wanted to “Share the Love” and donate part of their winnings to 3 very deserving schools!

What started out as a food drive challenge to feed the hungry in our community has become an amazing story about the generosity of one CMS school and its desire to impact three other schools. Providence Spring Elementary raised over 11,000 pounds of food as part of the Publix “Can Do” Food Drive Challenge to […]

Scouting for Food Totals are in!! Mecklenburg County Boy Scouts Collect 240,000 lbs of food for Charlotte’s Hungry !

A generous Charlotte-Mecklenburg community has donated 240,000 lbs. of food for hungry neighbors in need during February’s 2017 Scouting for Food Drive to benefit Loaves & Fishes. An estimated 3,000 Boy Scouts from The Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts of America went door-to-door February 4th collecting food, as well as staffed 10 food collection […]

Charlotte 49ers & Harris Teeter Raise $1,000 and 152lbs of Food for Scouting for Food

The Charlotte 49ers and Harris Teeter partnered to raise money and gather food at the 49ers’ men’s basketball game against Florida International on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.  For every Niners’ assist during the game, Harris Teeter committed to donate $50 worth of food to the Boy Scouts of Mecklenburg County’s “Scouting for Food” program, benefiting […]

Are You Up For A Challenge? Provide 131,579 meals for Charlotte’s Hungry this Winter!

Are you up for a challenge? Lori and Eric Sklut are challenging the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community to provide 131,579 meals for the hungry this winter. For every dollar donated to Loaves & Fishes through January 31, 2017, the Skluts will match dollar for dollar up to $25,000, potentially generating $50,000 for Charlotte’s hungry. “The winter months […]