Category Archives: News

“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 […]

Impacted By the Government Shutdown or Wondering How You Can Help?

Struggling to put food on your table? If you are a federal employee not being paid due to the government shut down, Loaves & Fishes is here to help. Reach out to us to get help with a referral to one of our food pantries in Mecklenburg Co. for a week’s worth of groceries at (704) […]

There Are So Many Stories Waiting To Be Told And We Need To Listen

I have always wanted to serve.  I come by it honestly.  One of my earliest memories is going door to door with my mother for the United Appeal—now the United Way—when I was just three years old.  I would sing a song, do a little dance and my mother would ask for the money. We […]

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 […]

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. […]