Category Archives: News

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 34 pantries […]

Hunger, Housing and Health – Takeaways from Hunger Fighting in D.C.

From Shay Merritt, Loaves & Fishes Advocacy Coordinator I just returned from attending the Anti-Hunger Conference in Washington DC with our Executive Director, Tina Postel. The conference is a joint production of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America. I came back inspired and energized by the wonderful work being done around […]

Brown Paper Grocery Bags Lined Up The Street…..These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things! Scouting for Food Totals 255,779lbs of Food!

Most of you know that cherished song from the Sound of Music, right?  “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad” The first weekend in February, I experienced a few of my absolute favorite things during our annual […]

“This Has Been A Big Shock” Impacts from the Government Shutdown Continue to Be Felt

Last month, our pantries provided groceries for several federal employees who suddenly found themselves in new territory – having to ask for help. TSA workers were among those coming to Loaves & Fishes for the very first time and they shared with us the embarrassment of having to ask for help. Even though the shutdown […]