Hours for Getting Groceries:   TUE 6:30-8:30 PM  |  WED 2:00-4:00 PM  |  THUR 6:30-8:30 PM  |  SAT 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Administrative Office Hours:  MON-FRI 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM | SAT 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

For Clients

 

Do I qualify for free groceries?

Loaves & Fishes offers groceries from USDA's The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and also offers donated foods that we call "Pantry" groceries. We also participate in USDA's Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for people age 60 or above.

USDA Groceries
You qualify for USDA groceries if any ONE of the following is true:

  • Your household income is 150% or less of the USDA’s federal poverty level (for example, $31,170/year for a family of three, or $18,210/year for a single household);
  • Your entire houshold receives SNAP or TANF; or
  • You live alone and receive SSI or Medicaid;

USDA food is given only once a month for each qualifying household. Loaves & Fishes does not share any information regarding our clients with anyone other than what we are required to report annually to the USDA.

USDA Nondescrimination Statement

Pantry Groceries
Even if you don't qualify for USDA food, you are welcome to come get food that has been donated by local grocery stores and food vendors. We call these "Pantry" groceries.

More About Grocery Categories

How do I get free groceries?
How often can I get groceries?
How many groceries can I get?
What if I don't have transportation?
What kind of food do you have?
How do I cook the groceries from Loaves & Fishes?
Is there an age limit to receive food?
What do I need to bring when I come to Loaves & Fishes?
What kind of information do I need to provide to get food?
What do you do with my personal information?

FAQ

For Volunteers

 

How much of my time do you need?

The majority of Loaves & Fishes volunteers donate 2-3 hours of their time per month. Some enjoy volunteering twice per month, weekly or even twice per week. Please use our online volunteer signup portal to find a job and time that works for you. 

What do volunteers do?
Do I have to do any lifting?
Is there a minimum age for volunteers?
Do you need volunteers who speak languages other than English?
Can I complete court-ordered community service at Loaves & Fishes?
Can my group volunteer together?
My students need to learn work skills. Can they do that at Loaves & Fishes?

FAQ

For Supporters

 

Where does Loaves & Fishes' support come from?

Loaves & Fishes' operations are wholly funded by the generosity of individuals, families, businesses, churches, foundations, and civic and other non-profit groups in our community. We could not feed so many people in our community without our donors, no matter how big or small the contribution! 

Join Loaves & Fishes' Builders Circle

The Builders Circle is Loaves & Fishes' core group of supporters who give $1,000+ per year for several consecutive years. Loaves & Fishes relies on this group for 40-50% of our annual operating budget.

In 2017, a gift of $1,000 made it possible for Loaves & Fishes to give out 5,280 pounds of food, equivalent to 4,610 meals.

Builders Circle brochure

How do I donate to Loaves & Fishes?
Can I make a stock donation?
Does Loaves & Fishes have Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits?
Do you need capital gifts?
Can you take a matching gift from my company?
Are there other ways to support Loaves & Fishes?
Can you accept donations of food?
Where can I find Loaves & Fishes' financial statements?

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

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