Fishes & loaves Food Pantry, Inc. In Cashiers

Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, Inc. in Cashiers

Operations


In 2005, the Fishes & Loaves food pantry was organized by six community

churches.  Prior to this date, the only option for people who needed food was to

visit these various churches and make a plea for help.  The number of people

visiting the food pantry has grown each year.  A family with one to three members

receives one 18-item box of food, a generous portion of frozen meat, bread, fresh

vegetables and fruit when available.  A family of four or more receives double

that amount.

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The food comes from (1) MANNA FoodBank, which distributes food from a

federal program called The  Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and food donated by grocery chains; (2) local food drives sponsored by schools and churches; and (3) through direct purchase from our local Ingles grocery store.


We hold two fundraisers each year:


1.    The Big Ol' Mountain Country Breakfast held on the Saturday of Independence Day weekend;


2.    The Empty Bowls Event in October, with hand-turned pottery provided by volunteers and gourmet soups provided by local restaurants.


The food pantry is staffed each Monday and Thursday from 4:30PM to 6:30PM by volunteers from one of eleven participating community churches on a monthly rotating basis.  Volunteers from Fishes & Loaves and the Cashiers Valley Rotary Club meet twice-weekly to haul, unload, unpack/shelve and repack boxes for distribution.


The food pantry is generously supported and operated by the Cashiers Community; it is a 501(c)(3) organization and functions entirely with volunteer labor.


The Board of Directors meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00PM at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library.