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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 funds are authorized. Loaves & Fishes is prepared to help with any and […]

Mecklenburg Co. Boy Scouts go Scouting for Food for the Hungry on Saturday, February 2

Saturday, February 2, the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be Scouting for Food.  Scouts will go door-to-door throughout Mecklenburg County collecting non-perishable food for Loaves & Fishes.  Last year’s Scouting for Food drive collected over 245,000 pounds of food for Loaves & Fishes. Scouting for Food is the super bowl of […]

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 can be tough to remember that people in Mecklenburg County face hunger and food shortages. […]

Double Your Impact and Help Feed Twice as Many Hungry Neighbors in Need

Can you imagine the stress of worrying if there will be enough food to feed your child? Marissel and her little boy Yeshua, recently shopped for a week’s worth of groceries at Loaves & Fishes. They’ve been struggling to pay bills while her husband was been between jobs. Money saved from having to buy groceries […]

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. Something as simple […]

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 children. “Investing in our future begins with our kids. For […]

You Can Help Ensure That No Child, Like Matthew, Goes to School Hungry

We met seven-year-old Matthew not long before he started back to school in August. He had come with his mom Christine to a Loaves & Fishes pantry for a week’s worth of groceries. In addition to Matthew and his siblings, Christine and her husband are taking care of her brother’s 1-year-old while he serves in […]

ALERT: Loaves & Fishes Pantries, Administrative Office and Warehouse Operations Will Be CLOSED MONDAY, Sept. 17.

In anticipation of Hurricane Florence and the projected heavy rainfall and flash flooding alerts for our area that are slated to continue through the weekend and Monday, our Loaves & Fishes Pantries, Administration Office and Warehouse will be CLOSED on Monday, September 17th.  The safety of our volunteers, clients and staff members is our number one priority. […]

Publix Super Market Charities Donate $20,000 to Loaves & Fishes to Help Alleviate Hunger in Charlotte

Publix Super Markets Charities announced it will donate $5 million to more than 240 nonprofit organizations, including a donation of $20,000 to Loaves & Fishes, focused on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area. The donation will provide funding to assist  in the nourishment of children, seniors and families in need. This generous donation continues Publix Super […]

“There But For the Grace of God Go I” – 4 Tips for Raising Children Who Care

by Stefanie Groot “There but for the grace of God go I.” To many it’s merely an archaic truism.  Yet the saying resonates with children’s author Lois Brandt, because her father uttered the phrase when he encountered homeless people on the street and when he volunteered at San Quentin State Prison. Through her writing, teaching […]