THE MISSION

THE MISSION

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry feeds and serves the hungry in Hancock County, striving to eliminate food insecurity in our community. We treat all clients with respect, so that they leave the pantry with dignity and hope as well as groceries. Loaves & Fishes is committed to ensuring that anyone who needs food assistance receives it.

THE CHALLENGE

Food insecurity has risen during the pandemic and has affected many families and individuals who never thought they'd need help. Loaves & Fishes is preparing to move to a new home that will enable us to better meet the ongoing need in our community.

OUR NEW HOME

OUR NEW HOME

This past summer, we were fortunate enough to find a property in Ellsworth that aligns with our vision for providing more food to more hungry people. The Genesis Community Loan Fund helped us buy the building for $550,000.

Once renovated, the centrally located, easily accessible 8,000 square foot facility will have:

  • A 3,200 square foot market that will accommodate at least ten people at a time versus the current three. Clients will be welcome to come shop as often as they need to instead of once a month.
  • A community garden to provide educational and experiential opportunities for families who are interested in learning how to grow their own vegetables. Our clients will be able to harvest the fresh produce as part of their shopping experience.
  • Adequate room for receiving and processing food, plus on-site commercial refrigeration.
  • Space for private client consultations and a conference room to share with community partners who serve our collective client base.

With preliminary renovations slated to start as funds are raised, it's our hope and goal to raise the required funds and open the new facility by the end of 2022.

CAMPAIGN GOAL

CAMPAIGN GOAL

Our campaign goal of $850,000 will help us:

  • Serve more clients and normalize the shopping experience so families have access to nutritious food when and where they need it.
  • Store everything under one roof, simplifying the logistics of keeping the pantry stocked.
  • Own our "forever home," allowing for future program development and expanded community engagement.
  • Retire the Genesis Community Loan Fund loan used to purchase the new building, freeing up more of our funds to directly help our clients.

PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL

We're asking you to help us realize our vision and strengthen the food safety net for Hancock County families. The More Food, More Families, More Often campaign will help Loaves & Fishes move to our new home and expand our services to clients.

To learn more about the campaign and ways that you can help please contact Board President, Andy Matthews at president@loavesandfishesellsworth.org or 770-584-2778 (cell).