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Hello To New Beginnings – Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Summer Newsletter

WSOC-TV Interviews Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays on Food stamp program SNAP to get 25% funding increase

By WSOC-TV’s Action 9 Reporter Jason Stoogenke View Story Here Families struggling to put food on the table will get more money for groceries soon. The federal government has announced plans to permanently increase funding for food stamps, officially known as SNAP, by 25% starting in October. This will be the biggest increase in the […]

Saying Goodbye to Distribution Street and Hello to New Beginnings by Elizabeth Leland

“Twenty-five years ago, Friendship Trays moved into a gleaming-new commercial kitchen created out of an old warehouse where workers once knitted women’s hosiery. From the very first day, 2401 Distribution Street was so much more than a building.”   Friendship Trays has merged with Loaves & Fishes and in July will move from their home of […]

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 and 2021 Virginia Sampson and Beverly Howard Awards

Even though we were unable to gather for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for the second year in a row, we still wanted to recognize the winners of our 2020 and 2021 Outstanding Volunteer Awards – so we took the awards ceremony on the road! Congratulations to our 2020 and 2021 Virginia Sampson Award Winners […]

Turn Your Victory Garden into a Giving Garden

Last year, we planted gardens to help our own food shortages. This year, let’s plant to help others. By Jen Tota McGivney for Southern Living,  May 10, 2021 CREDIT: COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL ALABAMA Last summer at a mobile food pantry, a woman looked inside the bag of donated food she received and cried. Tina […]

See you later, no goodbyes

At the end of this April two very special Loaves & Fishes staff members will retire from our organization. Words cannot begin to express how much we will miss seeing these extraordinary teammates on a daily basis. They each leave an indelible mark on Loaves & Fishes and in the lives of our neighbors we […]

I was shocked by the story the numbers told – Poverty vs. Deep Poverty in Mecklenburg Co.

I was shocked by the story the numbers told.  They were numbers I have reviewed over and over, just organized differently in the new Census report formats. With 3.6% of the population unemployed in 2019, there were 111,183 people in Mecklenburg County living at or below the poverty level, down from 2018 when there were […]

The World Shut Down and Our Work Exploded – March News Update from Executive Director Tina Postel

It’s hard to believe that exactly one year ago, we were first facing the challenges of a pandemic head on. As you may recall, the world shut down and our work exploded. This week marks one year since our transition to “prepacked” nutritious food boxes and our race to pack thousands of them with new […]

Stronger Together in The Fight Against Hunger, Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays Have Merged!

Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays are excited to announce that our organizations have merged! We are now officially Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, Inc. As longtime leaders in the fight against hunger, we believe that working together as one will improve overall access to nutritious food in a way that ensures kindness, dignity, and hope […]

Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays Announce Merger

TWO LEADING HUNGER-FIGHTING ORGANIZATIONS JOIN FORCES TO BETTER SERVE MECKLENBURG COUNTY Charlotte, N.C. – The boards of directors and executive leadership of Friendship Trays and Loaves & Fishes announced today that the organizations are merging to better position themselves to increase access to and distribution of healthy food and groceries for those in need in […]