Category Archives: News

Putting Together My Wish List – A Word From Beverly Howard

After 28 years as Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes, I am retiring at the end of this week. When I informed the Board of Directors last summer, the year looked endless. Now it is down to days. I wanted to leave you with my hopes and dreams for Loaves & Fishes in the coming years. […]

Loaves & Fishes Honors Volunteers with First Beverly Howard Award

Three longtime volunteers from the Loaves & Fishes’ Mt. Carmel Baptist pantry have been named as the first recipients of the Beverly Howard Award. James Grier, Odell Way and Turner Sumpter were acknowledged for their compassionate, heartfelt and dedicated service to the hungry during Loaves & Fishes’ annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. The award is named in […]

A Volunteer For Life

Every Wednesday morning, Sue Gooley arises at 6:30 a.m., hops in the shower, has breakfast, and arrives at the Holy Comforter pantry by 8:50. She sweeps the floor of the entire work area, then hustles around doing whatever needs to be done. Gooley is 94 years old. She looks 20 years younger, is full of […]

Loaves & Fishes Announces New Executive Director Tina Postel

Loaves & Fishes is pleased to announce Tina Postel as its new executive director.  Ms. Postel served as the former CEO of the Billings, Montana Family YMCA for 5 years before moving to the Charlotte area in 2015. Since arriving in Charlotte she has worked with the United Way of Central Carolinas in Major Gifts. […]

Where Does Your Treasure Lie? For One Little Girl It’s In a Hotel Cabinet.

By Guest Blogger Marilyn Marks. Last week I accompanied the mother of a family of five to a Loaves & Fishes pantry. The mother was quiet and thankful that the food was there. Her family lives in a hotel room with a microwave and stove top but no oven. Still she smiled when she saw cans […]

Charlotte Beats Denver in Super Bowl Charity Bet

The Carolina Panthers may have lost Sunday to the Denver Broncos, but Charlotte took home the bacon (and beans) thanks to a wager over whether Denver or Charlotte could collect the most food for charity by the end of Super Bowl 50. Mountains of food at Loaves & Fishes was collected during the Scouting for […]

NC Food Stamp Changes Could Stress Local Nonprofits – The Charlotte Observer

Up to 10,000 people in Mecklenburg County could lose their food stamp benefits by the spring if they’re unable to prove they work, volunteer or take classes for at least 20 hours a week. The change in eligibility is causing a stir among Charlotte-area nonprofits and charities, which are bracing for the tide of people […]

When you have to make choices – gas, lights or food?

Juanita Reed has a degree from Johnson C. Smith University, is a substitute teacher for children with special needs for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She is recovering from a recent hip replacement and is on leave. She came to the Loaves & Fishes pantry at Holy Comforter with one of her four daughters. Kinara, 19, is […]

A Holiday Madhouse (for which we are #grateful)!

On a rainy morning one week before Thanksgiving, three SUVs and a pickup pulled up to the back door of the Holy Comforter pantry. Workers from Mayer Brown, a global law firm with a Charlotte office, unloaded 3,000 lbs of food, while Loaves & Fishes volunteers scrambled to get it all in grocery carts. It […]

The Charlotte Observer: Loaves & Fishes leader Beverly Howard to retire in 2016

From The Charlotte Observer Howard took over the nonprofit in 1988 when it had only 6 pantries It now has 20 pantries spread across Mecklenburg County A team will begin the formal search for a new director early next year. by Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer After 27 years of fighting hunger and poverty in […]