“If you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in
need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness
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
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
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,
• Health information and limited medical testing provided by a
Tompkins County Health Nurse during Wednesday lunches
Who uses Loaves &
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
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
• 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.