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  Subaru of America, Inc. (“SOA”) and Subaru South Blvd presented a check for $79,491 to Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays as a local beneficiary in the 2022 Subaru Share the Love Event.  In its 15th year, Subaru’s signature philanthropic event has donated over $256 Million to more than 1,700 charity partners nationwide. Through the 2022 […]

Bracing for an increase in need as families see a significant decrease in monthly SNAP benefits

On the heels of an explosion in food insecurity in 2022, as well as the highest January and February totals in our 48 year history, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays is bracing for an even greater rise in need. As of March 1, families and individuals who are recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

Scouting for Food – Thank You for a Great Year!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Scouting for Food! A generous 213,966 lbs of food was collected to help Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays fight hunger in our community. We are grateful to Mecklenburg County Council of The Boy Scouts of America, WCNC Charlotte, Harris Teeter, Stegall Trucking, and Subaru South Blvd for making this all possible! […]

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Outstanding Volunteer Awards for 2022! Philip Bobzin – Winner of the Beverly Howard Award Philip Bobzin is a dedicated Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays volunteer. He is truly a jack of all trades when it comes to volunteerism. Philip is a staple in our phone center, spending 2 mornings every […]

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays sees 38% Increase in Need in 2022

2022 was supposed to be a year of recovery. Instead, staggering price increases of basic necessities – food, fuel and housing, have created a perfect storm of need. In 2022, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays provided groceries to 106,547 people vs. 77,140 in 2021 – an increase of 38%. Almost half were children and seniors. Our […]

What You Made Possible This Thanksgiving Holiday

We wanted to share with you a snapshot of what you made possible for thousands of our neighbors in Mecklenburg Co. Thanksgiving turkey distributions began Wednesday, November 16th and continued until our last pantry closed at 6:00 Wednesday, November 23. Each number below represents a neighbor, like Veronica and Noel pictured above, who will have […]

It’s So Much More Than Food – Meet Georgette and Lynne

We recently sat down with Georgette and Lynne, two wonderful, resilient women and were struck by the words they used to describe how they felt when they received their food from Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays.   We had just delivered a week’s worth of groceries to Georgette through our home grocery delivery program and a […]

Pantry Network Taps Instacart to Support Choice, Home Delivery

by Ambreen Ali for Food Bank News as part of an ongoing series highlighting innovation and best practices at the nation’s food pantries. Wheel a cart around any grocery store in a large metropolitan area these days, and you’ll run into workers who are shopping on behalf of people who’ve placed orders from home. These […]

Fight Hunger 2022 – Sept. 28 is The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

On September 28, 2022, the White House will hold the first conference on hunger in over 50 years. Here are some ways to get involved in making hunger a thing of the past. To watch the conference online and for more information  The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health will take place in […]

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Sees 113% Increase in Neighbors Needing Help This Summer

After the tsunami of food insecurity that we witnessed in 2020, our numbers had stabilized over the last year, even reaching pre-pandemic levels. This summer, that has all changed. Taking a look at our June service numbers (see chart below) shows a significant increase in visits to our pantries – a 15% increase in one […]