Category Archives: News

A Little Secret from Loaves & Fishes

By Tina Postel I’m going to let you know a little secret that we have at Loaves & Fishes. When we provide groceries to families in need, it is so much more than food that we are providing. The secret is that…. food is medicine, food is love, and food is hope. So many memories […]

Loaves & Fishes and Lyft Join Forces With Pilot Program Addressing Transportation for Food Insecure Households

At Loaves & Fishes we have long known about the transportation issues our food insecure families face.  We are excited to announce that we are partnering with our friends at Lyft to work on a solution.  This month, Lyft will begin a 6-month pilot program to provide 75 Charlotte families living in food deserts with […]

Lessons from Jeannette Walls About Shame, Imperfections and Texture

Guest Blog by Kristy Bell, Loaves & Fishes Board Member Jeannette Walls came to speak at our May Luncheon of Hope and provided us with her own perspective, as someone who grew up in poverty and homelessness. Growing up her family did not have indoor plumbing, she went to school dirty, and she didn’t have […]

Summer is Here. So is Hunger. Help Us Fight Summer Hunger

Summer is officially here. But so is hunger. With school out, families who rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch turn to Loaves & Fishes for help. Through a network of food pantries across Mecklenburg Co., each providing a week’s worth of groceries to families and individuals, Loaves & Fishes will provide not only […]

Loaves & Fishes Pop Up Food Shares Distribute Free Food to Families in Need

This summer Loaves & Fishes will be holding a series of Pop Up Food Share events to distribute extra fresh fruits, produce and food boxes to hungry neighbors in need. The food comes from The Emergency Food Assistance Program or TEFAP, administered by the USDA and distributed to local agencies through Second Harvest Food Bank. In addition […]

Loaves & Fishes Luncheon of Hope featuring Jeannette Walls Raises Awareness of Summer Hunger to Sell Out Crowd

At the start of a summer of need, Loaves & Fishes invites the community to embrace the mission: With every canned good donated and every check written, we assure our neighbors that hope can outlast hunger. Loaves & Fishes lifted up that theme at the Luncheon Of Hope on May 22 at Myers Park United […]

MECK Pre-K, A Pre-Kindergarten Program FREE to Eligible 4-Year-Olds

MECK Pre-K is a Mecklenburg County-funded Pre-Kindergarten Program FREE to eligible 4-Year-Olds. Open Registration Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM Come by the MECK Pre-K offices Monday-Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM to register your child for free Pre-K! Bring your application and required documents from the list here. Applications and Spanish-speaking staff will also be available on site. Register your 4-year-old before […]

FishNet: Equipped to Feed the Hungry – Congratulations to The Comdyn Group, winner of the Blue Diamond Community Outreach Award for FishNet!

In 2016, Apparo and The Comdyn Group joined forces with Loaves & Fishes to bring our food pantries into the 21st century. The outcome was remarkable! Be sure to read the story of FishNet, our new client software system, below. Congratulations to The Comdyn Group for winning the Community Outreach Blue Diamond Award for designing FishNet […]

Meeting of Food Access Minds in Charlotte

Access to healthy food is a critical question in Charlotte, where discussions about affordable housing and segregation usually get most of the attention. By Yen Duong for NCHealthNews.org Of the 146,000 students who attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, about 100,000 of them qualify for free or reduced cost meals. Yet, in the summertime, only around 20,000 of […]

Welcoming with Open Arms – Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte Pantry Does Just That

By Ken Garfield When neighbors from around the world come to the corner of Central and Eastway Avenues, Loaves & Fishes is there to welcome them with open arms. In any language, in any culture, nothing says brotherhood like a week’s worth of groceries. Thanks to our generous supporters, Loaves & Fishes operates 35 pantries […]