The seed of Loaves and Fishes was planted in 1981 when a homeless man knocked on the door of Dr. Donald C. and Dr. Dorothy M. Femmer’s home at 2750 McKelvey Road. The man was given a tomato sandwich and was offered heart felt conversation. That day the Femmers vowed that no one would ever leave their home hungry again. That seed grew into a small food pantry and makeshift shelter that served thousands of individuals and families through the ’80s and ’90s.
Today Loaves and Fishes has matured into a thriving food pantry and homeless shelter that provides food for over 4000 people and housing for over 250 women and children each year. Loaves and Fishes exists to serve those who have been struck by economic hardships, providing them with resources and support to help them realize self-sufficiency.