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 heartfelt 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. Our food pantry serves 13,000 people and our emergency shelter 400 individuals (over 53% of those are children). We exist to serve those who have been struck by economic hardships, providing them with resources and support to help them realize self-sufficiency.