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Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.

Address 2050 Lambs Rd.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Phone (434) 996-7868
Website http://cvilleloavesandfishes.org
Primary Contact Jane Colony Mills
Primary Email info@cvilleloaves.org
Executive Director Jane Colony Mills
Primary Focus Area Hunger/Housing/Poverty
Service Areas
  • Augusta
  • Albemarle
  • Buckingham
  • Charlottesville
  • Fluvanna
  • Greene
  • Louisa
  • Madison
  • Nelson
  • Orange
  • Statewide

Mission Statement

To give food with kindness and compassion to those seeking assistance while providing an opportunity for volunteers to serve their neighbors in Charlottesville and surrounding communities.

Overview

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry provides free food -- non-perishables, fresh produce, dairy, meats, and baked goods -- to help people in need in the greater Charlottesville area feed their families. While our area is home to many wealthy people, more than 17% of Charlottesville residents have to choose between paying for housing, utilities, transportation, medicine - or food to feed their family. With food from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and many local grocers, Loaves & Fishes gave out 2.3 million pounds of food to 59,082 people (averaging 1,467 families/month) in 2017. Loaves & Fishes’ client choice model allows pantry visitors to shop for the foods their families will eat, allowing clients to select the best foods for dietary restrictions and adding dignity to the process of seeking aid. Loaves & Fishes relies on significant volunteer labor to give out food four days each week; in 2017, more than 900 volunteers provided 19,010 hours of volunteer labor, the equivalent of nine full time employees.

Key Programs

Program 1
Title:Food Distribution
Description:Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry provides free food -- non-perishables, fresh produce, dairy, meats, and baked goods -- to help people in need in the greater Charlottesville area feed their families. More than 17% of Charlottesville residents have to choose between paying for housing, utilities, transportation, medicine - or food to feed their family.
Examples of Program Success:With food from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and many local grocers, Loaves & Fishes gave out 2.3 million pounds of food to 59,082 people (averaging 1,467 families/month) in 2017. Loaves & Fishes clients take home about 40 pounds of food per person per visit - about 11 days of food per person.
Loaves & Fishes’ client choice model allows pantry visitors to shop for the foods their families will eat, allowing clients to select the best foods for dietary restrictions and adding dignity to the process of seeking aid.
Total Program Budget:$4,450,903 includes $4,069,903 in-kind food
Category:Hunger Abatement
Program 2
Title:Volunteer Program
Description:Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry provides an opportunity for volunteers to serve their neighbors in Charlottesville and surrounding counties by sorting, bagging, restocking, and helping clients choose foods best for their tastes.

Loaves & Fishes needs 25 volunteers for each 2 1/2 hour food distribution shift four times each week.

Loaves & Fishes also seeks drivers who can take food to people unable to come to the Pantry and to pick up donated food; sorters who can sort, count, and bag food for individual clients; and restockers prior to each distribution shift.
Examples of Program Success:In 2017, more than 900 volunteers provided 19,010 hours of volunteer labor at Loaves & Fishes.
Total Program Budget:$5000
Category:Volunteer Opportunity
Program 3
Title:Book Program
Description:Loaves & Fishes offers free books to child and adult clients. If children report back on what they read the next time they visit the pantry, staff give them a reward (toy or treat).
Examples of Program Success:Kids love getting a new book.
Total Program Budget:$0
Category:Children
Program 4
Title:On-site Nutritionist
Description:Several times each month, our volunteer nutritionist provides healthy recipes and samples using food being given out by the pantry, allowing clients to try new foods and learn new recipes.
Examples of Program Success:Clients were willing to take frozen bananas (surplus bananas were ripening too quickly) after trying smoothies while waiting to shop for their food.
Total Program Budget:$0
Category:Nutrition

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1
Title:$31,500 Needed to Match Grant to Upgrade Loaves & Fishes’ Loading Dock
Description:Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry seeks $31,500 by October 1, 2017 to match a $31,500 pledge from the Perry Foundation. Funds will help Loaves & Fishes build a canopy over our loading dock to protect the fresh produce, dairy, meats, and baked goods that feed almost 60,000 people each year. For more information, please contact Jane Colony Mills at executivedirector@cvilleloavesandfishes.org or 434-996-7868.
Project Timelinecomplete before winter 2017
Opportunity 2
Title:Builders Circle annual supporters
Description:In order to continue to provide seven days of food per person to an average of 1,440 families each month, Loaves & Fishes has established the Builders Circle, a group of donors who pledge to support the Pantry with multi-year gifts of $1,000+ each year. Knowing that this support will be available allows us budget with confidence.
Project TimelineJanuary-December 2017

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