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First Annual Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Hunger Partner Summit Brings Together Hunger Fighters in Meck. Co.

45 hunger fighting partners came together for the first annual Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Hunger Partner Summit to learn more about all of the programs we offer and how to connect Mecklenburg Co. residents to our services. Staff members shared the different programs available – from food pantries to food shares, meal and grocery delivery, […]

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Launches New Online Grocery Ordering Platform in Partnership with Instacart

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays has launched a new online grocery ordering platform in partnership with Instacart, a leading retail enablement company in North America. With this new grocery ordering website, food insecure families and individuals in Mecklenburg County are now able to choose nutritious foods that their families love and have them delivered directly to […]

Charlotte Hornets Foundation Awards $25,000 Hunger Grant to Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays

June 14, 2022 – The Charlotte Hornets Foundation announced today that it has donated $25,000 to Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, Inc. as its annual Hunger Grant. The donation was made to help the Mecklenburg County-based organization purchase a new vehicle for its robust Meals on Wheels program.   “Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays is an incredible […]

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Nutrition Policy – Fighting Hunger with Intention

At Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, fighting hunger is our mission but fighting hunger with intention is our goal. Providing nutritious food for our food insecure neighbors is at the forefront of Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays and with the advent of COVID, we realized how much more important it is to feed people well. For the […]

Summer Vacation is Here But For Struggling Families It’s a Time of Worry and Stress

School is officially out for summer but 12 weeks is a long time for kids and their families not to know where their next meal might be coming from. Families were already struggling to make ends meet even before prices of food and gas started to rise. Now, without breakfast and lunch programs offered during […]

Luncheon of Hope Featuring Stephanie Land – An Amazing Day!

What an amazing day! On Wednesday, May 25, a sold out crowd of 450 gathered at The Fillmore Charlotte to hear a powerful message from Stephanie Land, NY Times bestselling author of MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Stephanie shared her harrowing story as a single mom navigating the bureaucratic […]

One Year, One Mission, One Answer

Happy Anniversary!! This May we celebrate the one year anniversary of the merger of Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays! And what a year it has been. Not only a year of new beginnings and tremendous growth but also, as our pantries begin to reopen, a return to dignity and hope for our food insecure […]

Loaves & Fishes expands to offer online ordering

WFAE | By Gracyn Doctor Published March 28, 2022 at 4:19 PM EDT Charlotte-based Loaves & Fishes, which helps people in need by providing groceries and meals, is expanding its home delivery service by allowing people to customize their orders online. The organization received about $3 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and […]

After Two Years, First Pantry Reopens For Client Choice Shopping

After two long years – we are finally able to welcome clients back for client choice shopping! Our food pantry at First Presbyterian Church uptown is the first of our brick-and-mortar pantries to reopen since March 2020. Clients can once again shop for a week’s worth of nutritious groceries, choosing the items they know their […]

Mecklenburg Co. Approves $2.9 Million in Funding to Expand Our Grocery Home Delivery Program

Breaking News!! We are absolutely OVERJOYED to share that Mecklenburg County Commissioners have unanimously approved the County Manager’s recommendation to provide $2.9 million in funding for our home grocery delivery program!!!! This funding, made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will allow Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays to expand our grocery home delivery service […]