Category Archives: News

Holly & Ivy

Holly and Ivy just go together. Shopping together for a week’s worth of groceries and chatting like two old friends, Holly was showing Ivy the pasta sauce she liked best while Ivy shared which vegetables her kids liked to eat. You would never guess they had just met. Ivy never imagined she would ever need […]

Scouting for Food Results Are In and Mecklenburg Co. Boy Scouts Collect 230,574 lbs of food for Charlotte’s Hungry

A generous Charlotte-Mecklenburg community has donated 230,574 lbs. of food for hungry neighbors in need during February’s 2018 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 3rd collecting food, as well as staffed multiple food […]

Exciting Staff Changes at Loaves & Fishes

2017 brought many exciting changes to Loaves & Fishes, first and foremost, the opening of 10 new food pantries in Mecklenburg Co. To help with this growth and the increased need of our food insecure neighbors, Loaves & Fishes is happy to announce two staff changes. Angie Brumer has been promoted to the newly created […]

Behind Every Bag There Is A Story

It all happens so quickly. Your child is sick and you need to take a couple of days from work to be with her. It takes longer than expected and suddenly you’re out of sick days, finding yourself having to do without a paycheck or two. Medical bills and living expenses start to add up. […]

Loaves & Fishes Shares Research that Shows Where Charlotte’s Hungry Live

This year the Opportunity Task Force Report confirmed that for far too many in Charlotte, the dream of upward mobility remains just that….only a dream.  Their research shows that our long standing issues of racial and economic segregation has only deepened. At Loaves & Fishes, we have been in the business of feeding our neighbors […]

Brianna, Joe and Nancy: Stories from a Loaves & Fishes Pantry

Fall always makes me think of hay bales, corn stacks and pumpkins.  Then my thoughts move on to Thanksgiving dinner, cornbread dressing and sweet potato pie.  I have been blessed that I never missed a meal due to lack of food. Money may have been tight when I was young, but I liked having breakfast […]

North Carolina Ranks In Top 10 of Hungriest States in U.S.

North Carolina ranks in the top 10 but it is nothing to be proud of. 15.1% of NC households experienced food insecurity in 2016. An article in USA TODAY shares the findings from the USDA’s latest food security report. Read the article here: From Sarah Toy, USA TODAY As many Americans settle into fall with pumpkin […]

It’s Hard to Focus When You’re Hungry

Katlyn Denise is 4-years-old. Recently, she came with her mom, Etta-Marie, to the Loaves & Fishes food pantry at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church to shop for food for their family.   Etta-Marie and her children became homeless after she lost her job. She currently works as a bus drive for Charlotte Area Transportation Services (CATS), […]

This summer, you helped feed over 8,500 children!

For even one child, not knowing where your next meal is coming from can be very scary. Families that rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year often spend their summer months struggling to put food on the table. Stretching already tight budgets to provide two extra meals a day, added […]

“I can choose the food that fits my family’s needs”

Shawnovia and her husband are a working family with two school-aged children. Shawnovia also struggles with Lupus. Because of flair-ups and resulting doctors appointments, Shawnovia sometimes is forced to miss several days of work. On these days, she does not get paid. She tells us, “Loaves & Fishes helps working families have that extra support. […]