In the News
Earth Day arrives at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
Cathy's Letter to the Editor
Innovative food rescue efforts allow food bank to give away fresh food
Dishing up Gold
Goal Achieved: All MSP Leftovers Now Recovered by Loaves & Fishes
PBS program to feature community meals
The need for free community meals will be the subject of a PBS program after filming was done in Aitkin Jan. 25.
"Off the Menu" with Dara
Partnering to Punt Hunger in Minnesota During Super Bowl LIVE
Loaves and Fishes Giving Away Free Meals, Winter Weather Supplies
Loaves and Fishes partners with MSP Airport and expands Zero Percent Program
Loaves & Fishes executive director Cathy Maes joined Mike Max on WCCO Radio to talk about our new partnership with the airport restaurants to keep food from going to waste while feeding those in need. Learn more about this amazing partnership, our Zero Percent program and more! Interview starts at 18:20.
Minneapolis church doubles as a shelter
"We're here to bring food." Loaves and Fishes was pleased to help those seeking warmth and nourishment at Elim Church's Emergency Shelter.
MSP Airport grab-and-go meals distributed to homeless
Personnel at Loaves and Fishes pick up the prepackaged meals and pass them out to those in need throughout the Twin Cities through a variety of channels, including the popular street outreach food truck.
What do we do with leftover food when there are people starving?
Hear Sue Zelickson on WCCO 830 talking about Loaves and Fishes!
Eden Prairie church hands out coats at Loaves and Fishes
A group from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie handed out about 225 coats, 150 pairs of socks, 200 pairs of gloves and hats and 100 hooded sweatshirts to guests of St. Stephen's Loaves and Fishes at Clinton Avenue in Minneapolis, Monday, Dec. 18.
MSP Donating Unused Food to Aid Loaves and Fishes
MSP Airport is now helping Loaves & Fishes serve free meals to those in need.
Minnesota Moment: Loaves & Fishes Hand Out Winter Gear
Loaves and Fishes handed out hundreds of winter coats, gloves and blankets to those in need.
MSP Restaurants Help Feed The Needy This Holiday Season
Three times a week, food donations are brought from the airport to Loaves and Fishes' warehouse. From there, the meals are distributed to meal sites and partner meal programs, sent out with street outreach teams to feed homeless communities, or given to a recovery community in need of food donations.
Loaves and Fishes Nonprofit Partners with Restaurants at MSP
"This new partnership will help Loaves and Fishes continue down its path of strong growth," said Cathy Maes, Loaves and Fishes executive director. "Having access to high quality, donated food, like that which the airport can provide, allows us to not only expand our services, but gives our guests access to food they otherwise wouldn't experience."
Loaves and Fishes is Feeding Minnesota's Hungry
Stacks of shelf-stable goods, like canned tomatoes and bagged cornmeal, lined vast shelves along the walls. Room-sized coolers contained boxes of locally harvested squash and other vegetables. One 1,250-pound cardboard tote of carrots looked like a tiny house.
Revisiting Loaves & Fishes After Hail Storm
In the second week of June (2017), the garden was hit by a devastating hail storm that covered the newly planted garden with a whopping six inches of hail! The miraculous thing is they were able, with the help of many contributors, volunteers and their own sweat equity, plant a second crop that really flourished.
City of Peace Awards will recognize those making a difference
The City of Peace Awards will be honoring many influential peace promoters in Minnesota on Sept. 11. Loaves and Fishes, a nonprofit meal program organization, is one of the winners that will be recognized for making a difference in Columbia Heights.
Free community meals now twice a week at First Lutheran in Aitkin
Columbia Heights Recreation summer food program expands
Esther’s Kitchen by Loaves and Fishes Awarded Special Community Project Grant
Loaves and Fishes recieves the 2016 BOLD Award in the Non-Profit Category
4th Precinct officers serve meals with community in need
VIDEO: Police officers in North Minneapolis serve a meal at Loaves & Fishes
Police Officers assist Mpls meal program in snow weather
VIDEO: 4th Precinct officers serve meal to their community
Free meal program expands with the 'suburbanization of poverty'
TCL Gives Back: Loaves & Fishes
VIDEO: Twin Cities Live crew visits dining site, serves lunch, and chats with guests
Vegetables and Police Partnership
VIDEO - Police precinct #4 join Loaves & Fishes to serve fresh grilled vegetables to children in North Minneapolis
End of Summer celebration
Loaves and Fishes, in partnership with a team of 4thDistrict Minneapolis Police officers and community residents, will be celebrating the end of a successful summer meal program in North Minneapolis. Together they will be grilling and sampling home-grown vegetables outside the River of Life dining hal
New food truck to offer free food for those in need
VIDEO - A brand new food truck is hoping to get free food in the hands of those who need it the most.
Farm for All news clip
How one Twin Cities program gets fresh produce to those with limited access to healthy food
Peace garden plot to help feed the hungry
Campaign Provides Farm-to-Table Food to Those in Need
Loaves and Fishes MN and Woodlake Lutheran Church are partnering to build 16 raised beds on the church property (7525 Oliver Ave S, Richfield). On Saturday, May 23rd starting at 9:00am volunteers will be building and filling the 4’x8’ beds in preparation for planting. The produce grown in the garden will be used for free meals prepared and served by Loaves and Fishes. This endeavor is all a part of the Greater Twin Cities United Way 100 Year Celebration.
Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Grant
Loaves and Fishes received a $50,000 grant to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for the 1,900 daily nutritious meals it provides in Minnesota. Loaves and Fishes has worked towards ending hunger in Minnesota for more than 32 years and served more than 420,000 meals in 2014 – up more than 25% from 2013.
Soul food: Mother, son found serving soup kitchen meals fulfilling
An in depth article by Maja Beckstrom form the Pioneer Press detailing the Loaves & Fishes volunteer experience duing the opening of our 20th Dining site at River Heights Vineyard Church.
Blattner Energy Partners with Loaves and Fishes for Inaugural Event to Meet Homeless Individuals’ Basic Needs
Blattner Energy, a power generation contractor and leading provider of renewable energy construction in North America, partnered with local nonprofit Loaves and Fishes of Minneapolis for an inaugural event in which Blattner Energy employees packed 2,000 basic needs kits to be distributed to homeless individuals throughout the Twin Cities.
MPR Radio Story
The nonprofit group Loaves and Fishes says it served more than 41,000 free meals in June. That's more than any other month in the organization's 32 year history.
Most of the increased demand came from families with children at the organization's at 18 Minnesota locations, according to executive director Cathy Maes. In a typical month 25,000-30,000 meals are consumed.
Community Rallies Around Meals to Provide for Neighbors in Need
More than one in ten Twin Cities neighbors don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
A Volunteer Hero with a Heart for Service
Check out this Hero among us! Dan Arom volunteers for Loaves and Fishes and was recently featured in Edina Magazine.