FREE MEALS

   Monday          12-1
   Tuesday         5:30-6:30
   Wednesday   12-1
   Thursday        5:30-6:30
   Friday             12-1

         ALL WELCOME

 


 

The only thing we can offer to God of value is to give our love to people as unworthy of it as we are of God’s love.    -St. Catherine of Sienna

 

   

“If you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon."
Isaiah 58:10


What is the mission of Loaves & Fishes?
Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County is a Christian ministry which provides a place for free meals, hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances.


What is the history of Loaves & Fishes?
Founded in 1983 by Rev. Kathy Eickwort, Loaves & Fishes is devoted to fostering a community of people who care for and serve each other. As a response to God’s generosity to us, we strive to recognize the value and worth of each individual.

“Come... inherit the kingdom…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…truly, I say to you, as you did unto the least of my brethren, you did unto me.” Matthew 25
 
In receiving all with dignity and respect, we share friendships in a loving environment, along with providing a free meal each weekday. As advocates, we offer practical help in times of crisis.

As the free meal and advocacy programs have grown over the years, Loaves & Fishes has received widespread community support through donations consisting of food, finances and volunteer time. We are now serving over 3000 meals a month.

Housed in St. John’s Episcopal church, Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County Inc. is a not for profit organization with no outside affiliations. It is governed by a Board of Directors, which sets overall policy and goals, and is responsible for funding.

What services does Loaves & Fishes provide?
• Free meals each weekday. Lunch is served from noon to 1 pm every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Dinner is served from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm every Tuesday & Thursday. People can come a half hour before mealtimes to socialize.
• Advocacy during mealtimes: this includes listening, referrals and practical support for basic needs (housing, medical, food, clothing, etc)
• Health information and limited medical testing provided by a Tompkins County Health Nurse during Wednesday lunches


Who uses Loaves & Fishes services?
Individuals come from all areas of Tompkins County and include: the working poor, the unemployed, the underemployed, individuals with disabilities, the homeless, people in crisis, families with inadequate public assistance and anyone in need of companionship. We serve an average of 120-150 guests per weekday. All are welcome. There are no forms to fill and no eligibility requirements.


Is Loaves & Fishes completely staffed by volunteers?
No. In order to ensure adequate funding and consistency of service, we have a small group of paid part-time staff:

• Rev. Christina Culver, Executive Director
•Kristy Akdemir, Kitchen Manager
• Jonah McKeough, Kitchen Manager
• Jonah McKeough, Receiver
• J.R. Clairborne, Advocacy Coordinator
• Robin Carlisle Peck, Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator                    • Tish Brown, Kitchen Manager Assistant
• Dianne Mack, Kitchen Manager Assistant  

                                                 

 

Volunteers do most of the work in the kitchen and comprise about 100 individuals each week.