Need Food? We’re Here to Help.

In a short-term crisis, a week’s worth of groceries from Loaves & Fishes can help mean the difference between paying for rent, utilities, medicine or feeding your family.

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Loaves & Fishes helps individuals and families who are experiencing a short-term crisis by providing a week’s worth of  nutritious groceries.

As a result of COVID-19, Loaves & Fishes has temporarily shut down our network of food pantries and switched to mobile food pantry distribution sites. Neighbors still receive a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries along with fresh produce and dairy. A referral is required. 

First time to Loaves & Fishes or not sure how to get a referral? We can help.

We Are Here to Help:

Mobile Food Pantries: To receive a week’s supply of nutritionally balanced groceries, along with fresh produce, meat and dairy, a referral is required. See “How to Get a Referral” below for more information.

  • Neighbors are served “drive through” style, receiving an emergency food box containing a 7-day supply of non-perishable foods for each member of the household, as well as fresh produce, meat, eggs and dairy.
  • Staff and volunteers wear masks to protect clients and one another as we serve our neighbors in need.
  • Neighbors can visit a mobile pantry up to 12 times per rolling calendar year.
  • First time to Loaves & Fishes or not sure how to get a referral? Louise McCrorie, our Social Services Coordinator, is happy to help! She can make referrals for first time clients or help you find a referral source. She can also help connect you with other support services. Call (704) 523-4333.

Pop Up Food Shares: Another food option is to receive a box of fresh produce and dairy at one of our Pop Up Food Shares. A referral is not required, simply an online registration.  For a list of upcoming Pop Up Food Shares and to register, click here.

Home Deliveries: For neighbors receiving a referral who do not have transportation to a mobile food pantry or are home bound, please let the person making your referral know that you need a home delivery. Home deliveries are currently available two days a week.

How To Get A Referral:

In order to pick up a week’s supply of groceries, you will need to have a referral made for you by a professional who knows your situation.  Referrals can be made by a professional from an approved human service organization, government agency, school, college or university, doctor’s office or medical clinic, mental health service, or church or faith organization. First time referrals can be made by our Social Services Coordinator who can also help connect you with other support services.

For example:

  • If you have a caseworker at Crisis Assistance Ministry, Goodwill, the Charlotte Housing Authority, Veterans’ Services, Urban Ministry Center/Roof Above, or another human services agency, they can call in or log in a referral.
  • If you receive assistance through WIC, TANF, SNAP/EBT or Medicaid, contact your caseworker at the Department of Social Services, Social Security Administration or other agency to receive a referral.
  • If you have a child in the public school system, or if you are a student at a college or university, talk with the guidance counselor or the family resource center.
  • Your doctor’s office or medical clinic can make a referral, or (if you have been in the hospital) your care navigator or patient advocate can make the referral.
  • The pastor or staff of a church or other place of worship that you attend can call from a church phone.
  • Your employer’s Human Resources Department
  • Latin American Coalition has a hotline for Spanish speakers – 980-320-3743  Coalicion Helpline

For the referral we will need:

The professional making the referral will need to provide the following for each person in the household who would like to receive food:

  • names
  • birthdates
  • last four digits of the Social Security Number. Do not worry, if you do not have a Social Security Number. This will not prevent you from getting food!

They will also need to provide your address and contact information in case we need to reschedule your appointment. We ask additional demographic information such as gender, race, disability status and veteran status, and monthly income, simply for reporting purposes.

Help is only a phone call away. If you have questions, please call us at (704) 523-4333.  

Please ask a professional familiar with your situation to make your referral, or they can call our offices at 704.523.4333 to get more information. Our phone lines are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

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Loaves & Fishes provides assistance with groceries to be prepared in your home. We do not provide assistance with rent or utilities. You may visit a Loaves & Fishes pantry up to twelve times in a rolling 365 day period and must have a referral with each visit.

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