Loaves & Fishes (Jerusalem)
14 days until REACH 2015! Loaves and Fishes will be our mission focus today. They serve our Jerusalem (Charlotte area)
Mission Statement: Loaves and Fishes provides a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries to individuals and families in Charlotte-Mecklenburg who are in short-term crisis.
Loaves and Fishes in Mecklenburg County started in 1975 with a small group of volunteers that opened an emergency food pantry at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church feeding 1000 people. Today Loaves and Fishes serves 78,602 people through a network of 20 pantries in Mecklenburg County.
Loaves & Fishes uses a Client Choice model which allows clients to select groceries their family is most likely to eat. Clients are able to choose a specified number of items in the areas of grains, proteins, vegetables, fruit, and dairy based on the size of the family. The number of choices is determined by a Registered Dietician to ensure that enough food is available to create three meals a day for a week. It is important to the dignity of our clients to feel they have some control and requires them to invest some time in the process. It also allows for greater interaction between clients and volunteers.
Community Partners with Loaves and Fishes
• Unity – Unity Against Hunger and Poverty is a coalition of over 20 local hunger and poverty fighting agencies that meet regularly to share information.
• Society of St. Andrew – The Society of St. Andrew (also known as The Gleaners) operates a statewide, volunteer-driven Gleaning Network.
• Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk – The mission of the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk is to raise awareness and funds locally to fight hunger in the Charlotte community and around the world through the sponsorship of Church World Service.
• Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America – Since 1993, The Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts of America has partnered with Loaves & Fishes for Scouting for Food.
Learn more about Loaves and Fishes at - www.loavesandfishes.org