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Leonisa Adams is amazing. As a Loaves & Fishes pantry volunteer, she helps clients choose groceries for their families. Walking through the pantry together, they often share stories of their struggles. She tells me that fear of judgement is an issue when asking for help. “You already feel ‘less than’ when you walk in the […]
Beverly Howard, Retiring Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes Receives The Order of the Long Leaf Pine
In 28 years, over 1.7 million hungry people in Charlotte-Mecklenburg have been fed because of Beverly Howard Honoring 28 years of fighting hunger and poverty in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Loaves & Fishes Executive Director, Beverly Howard has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, among the most prestigious awards given to a citizen in the state of […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Levine-Sklut Family Foundation’s $25,000 Challenge Grant Generates $133,199 in Donations for Loaves & Fishes!
Thanks to a challenge grant by the Levine-Sklut Family Foundation, over 17,000 of Mecklenburg’s hungry will have a week’s worth of groceries this spring. In December, Lori and Eric Sklut, through the Levine-Sklut Family Foundation, generously offered to match up to $25,000 in donations made to Loaves & Fishes through the end of February. The community stepped […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Scouting for Food continues all this week! Simply drop off non-perishable food items at any Mecklenburg County Harris Teeter store through Sunday, February 12. Just look for the red collection barrels inside you local Harris Teeter. Harry the Happy Dragon and the Mecklenburg County Council of Boy Scouts say THANK YOU!