Loaves and Fishes Updates
Loaves and Fishes kids love the support you give them and enjoy the many activities our volunteers provide. They would love to GIVE BACK and now invite you to join us at a Yam Jam - gleaning sweet potatoes in a farmer's field!! We've done it before and think you would enjoy working with us! Click here or use the QR Code to register and join us on October 15!
As our kids started back to school, we celebrated with community at an open house on Sunday, September 18. We had fun, enjoyed eats, and engaged with one another to learn all the ways we assist the fantastic youth of Loaves and Fishes! Thanks for attending!
It was great fun and the weather was excellent - our 40th Anniversary! Hope you were able to join us Saturday, June 11, at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh .
We hope you looked through the Scavenger Hunt card and enjoyed the 40 memories as we get set to celebrate our 40th Anniversary on June 11.
Each year, NC Child releases the latest data for key indicators in five areas of children’s well-being: A Strong Start, Family Economic Security, Nurturing Homes and Communities, Health and Wellness, and High-Quality Education. At Loaves and Fishes, we are intimately familiar with the issues facing our children and recommend that our supporters be knowledgeable as well. Click here to see the 2022 County Data Cards that provide information for each NC county as well as the overall status of well-being for children in North Carolina.
In our first Barbeque Chicken Sale on April 23, we were pleased to take 125 orders and enjoyed seeing many of our supporters IN PERSON for the first time since the pandemic began! If you missed our sale and would like to make a donation, click here and receive our thanks!
November and December 2021
Our Pride for Parents Christmas Store had tremendous success again this year! As a better way to assist our families and neighbors who do not have the resources to provide toys for their kids at Christmas, we served 184 families in this, our 7th year! Rather than a “handout” like the typical Angel Tree approach or community give-away events, Pride for Parents offered a “hand UP,” helping families make their own gift selections, have pride in paying for the gifts they select at deeply discounted prices, and enjoy the love, fellowship, and community of our volunteers! We were supported by donations from local churches, community groups, and local businesses in addition to a large number of individuals! We especially want to thank Siemens Healthineers in Cary and The Fred Smith Company for their first year holding corporate toy drives and providing volunteers for us!
Twice this month we had the pleasure of gleaning sweet potatoes again! The kids (and adults) who participated enjoyed sunshine (although a bit chlly!) and the opportunity to see just how productive NC farms are! We delivered bags of potatoes to all of our families and look forward to doing this again next year! Thanks to the Society of St. Andrew for hosting us!
Each day, most participants at Loaves and Fishes are picked up at their schools by our staff, relying on our mini-buses. As gentrification has raised rents and displaced affordable housing in Raleigh, many of our students have moved further from our program delivery location resulting in a more complicated pickup process. That same relocation requires us to help take some students home at the end of program. Needing additional transportation capacity, and sometimes dealing with repairs and maintenance issues, we were blessed to acquire a "new" minibus from Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church! It has been well-maintained, had less than 40,000 miles, and was perfect - especially when the church gave us a "sweetheart deal!" Thanks to Kirk of Kildaire!
When Loaves and Fishes began in 1982, no one knew how long we would exist as an organization, how significant our impact might be, and the miracles we would experience. Our first home was in the facilities of Westminster Presbyterian Church. We also enjoyed many years at Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Mount Peace Baptist Church. All have been wonderful and the source of strength and great memories. While the COVID Pandemic has disrupted our physical location, we've been blessed to have temporary homes at The Wade Edwards Learning Lab and Southeast Raleigh Table. But now we have experienced yet another miracle: beginning September 13, we will welcome our students to our "new" home - back at Westminster Presbyterian Church! We'll be scheduling an Open House in the near future and invite you to come see us "back to the future!"
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