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   Monday         12-1  

Tuesday   5:30-6:30  

Wednesday  12-1

 Thursday  5:30-6:30

   Friday            12-1



This plate is filled with food.  I am aware that each morsel is the fruit of much hard work by those who  produced it.       -Thich Nhat Hanh




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Free nutritious meals & advocacy services provided Monday through Friday throughout the year.

 All are welcome. Come join our table.

 For 30 years, we have been building a caring community by sharing hospitality and friendship while enjoying free delicious meals.



The Children's Circle at Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County


An Amazing, Educational Experience in a Unique Setting


Held 5:30-6:30p each 2nd and 4th Thursdays

at Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County,

inside St. John's Episcopal Church,

210 N. Cayuga St. (intersection of West Buffalo and North Cayuga streets)


Storytelling, math games, bookmaking, arts and crafts, and more!

This wonderful service is for our dining guests and their children in grades Kindergarten through Fifth.







The students are gone!

HELP NEEDED-as the campuses empty, so goes our kitchen. If you could volunteer for 1 shift it would be very helpful.

Please call!





Shop at AmazonSmile (exact same as the normal Amazon) however you can designate Loaves & Fishes as the charity of your choice. The Amazon Foundation donates 5% of your total to our agency.







of Tompkins County


Wants your old cans, fans & vans-

we will take steel, tin, copper, aluminum, brass, batteries and cars in any condition.


105 Cherry Street, Ithaca, NY  14850

(607) 273-1222

Bring the item to the center. Tell the office staff your whole donation is for

Loaves and Fishes of TC

Email with questions

THANK YOU for thinking of US! 




Winter Appeal 2013



November 2013


Dear Neighbor,


For the past 30 years, each weekday, something remarkable happens in Ithaca, New York. 

Loaves & Fishes, Ithaca’s Community Kitchen, serves a warm, free meal and fosters a community of people who care for and serve each other, regardless of one’s faith, beliefs, or circumstances.

The need for our community is significantly increasing.

Today, 21% of the people in Tompkins County live below the poverty line—and as government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) endure even more reductions, the need for our services will only grow larger. While waiting to be served, one guest shared with us that he works for a local business, but only had one dollar left in his pocket for lunch. 

We serve more than 120 guests each weekday and over 2,700 meals each month. Last year we served 33,772 meals—an increase of over 5,000 meals served as compared to 2010. We are able to do this because of the generous work of our volunteers and the generous financial support of our donors.

We rely on more than 100 amazing community volunteers each week; most of whom can be found in the kitchen preparing food, serving, and cleaning. Some serve as volunteer advocates, who offer our guests compassionate listening and nonjudgmental, practical support. And we rely on generous donations from community members to help ensure that we have the financial resources needed to feed and support our guests.

For our guests—many of whom have no family or friends in the community to support them—Loaves & Fishes offers much more than just a warm meal. We offer a loving community and provide a particularly effective environment to learn when people are in crisis or have unmet basic needs. A pregnant woman came for a meal while staff representatives from the Tompkins County WIC (women, infants and children) program were tabling. They spoke with her and learned that she qualified to receive WIC benefits. On the spot, one of the representatives made an appointment for the woman so that she could get the necessary paper work submitted.

With your help, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of our guests and ensure that something remarkable continues to happen in Ithaca. And the reality is that the need for our free meal program has never been greater.

Thank you for your consideration. May you have a blessed holiday season.


Rev. Christina Culver, Director                  Rev. Janet Shortall, Board President