Loaves and Fishes Updates
Our annual Chili Sale this year was very different - we took most of our orders online, offered two pickup locations and, for the first time, offered delivery! While our total orders were down slightly from a traditional year (isn't everything different under COVID!?!), we were delighted to sell more than 350 quarts of the delicious chili to more nearly 100 supporters! WooHoo - and if you missed out, we still have a FEW quarts of Veggie Chili awaiting your request in frozen animation. Just send an email to our Executive Director at and we'll hook you up! Thanks to Gerry Rogers, Chief Cook, and his wonderful team of volunteers, as well as the team of church leaders who publicized the event and took orders - GREAT JOB!
Had a terrific Pride for Parents Christmas Store - served 128 families from Wake County, including the families of Loaves and Fishes kids. Thanks for the donations of beautiful presents to stock our store so that parents could shop for their kids, pay a much reduced price, receive gift wrapping and feel the pride of accomplishment! Our donors included St. Andrews Presbyterian, Southeast Raleigh Table, Cary Presbyterian, Cross Gate Neighbors, Harley Davidson Motor Cycle clubs, Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian, First Presbyterian, White Memorial Women, National Charity League, Edenton Street United Methodist, Wake Chapel, Wilson Temple, Ekklesia Church, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Camp Gladiator, Wake County Public Schools, National Council of Negro Women, and many individuals! THANK YOU
We enjoyed an outdoor adventure through the gleaning program of the Society of St. Andrew. Early on a Saturday morning, eleven of us braved a rainy day to dig in sweet potato fields, discovering red gold and helping to glean over 6,000 pounds of sweet potatoes in 4 hours! Everyone was able to take some home and we have 30 bags to share with other families!
COVID-19 continues to disrupt all of us, including our program for under-resourced kids! The facility at Mount Peace is not currently available to us, so we have made arrangements with The Wade Edwards Learning Lab (https://www.wade.org/) for use of their space. While kids are engaged in "virtual" classes, we are providing assistance during the school hours, Monday through Thursday. This has been helpful to their families and is allowing us to build stronger relationships with school teachers - but it is EXHAUSTING as many of you know! Hopefully we will be able to return to after school activities when the world returns to "normal" - whatever that is!
LAF conducted a mini-summer camp, gathering a few of our kids to get out of the apartment, see each other wearing masks, and do some fun thing as the pandemic continues unabated. Hopefully, what we learned about safety procedures, social distancing, and masking will prepare us for the fall when we hope to begin program again!
LAF is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Triangle Capacity-Building Network COVID 19 Nonprofit Stabilization Grant from the Triangle Community Foundation! The grant will assist us in our transition to more extensive use of technology in working with our kids and families, and support preparation for an earlier start of program once schools are back in session.