Frequently Asked Questions


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 monthly household income is 150% or less of the USDA’s 2020 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 once or twice 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


For Volunteers


How much of my time do you need?

A volunteer shift is typically between 2-3 hours. Some volunteers commit to a regular schedule such as once a month, while others help us out periodically as their schedules allow.


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

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

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