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06-Sep-16 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.

18-Aug-16 Free community meals now twice a week at First Lutheran in Aitkin
23-May-16 Columbia Heights Recreation summer food program expands
18-Mar-16 Esther’s Kitchen by Loaves and Fishes Awarded Special Community Project Grant
26-Feb-16 Loaves and Fishes recieves the 2016 BOLD Award in the Non-Profit Category
01-Dec-15 4th Precinct officers serve meals with community in need

VIDEO: Police officers in North Minneapolis serve a meal at Loaves & Fishes

30-Nov-15 Police Officers assist Mpls meal program in snow weather

VIDEO: 4th Precinct officers serve meal to their community

25-Nov-15 Free meal program expands with the 'suburbanization of poverty'
19-Nov-15 TCL Gives Back: Loaves & Fishes

VIDEO: Twin Cities Live crew visits dining site, serves lunch, and chats with guests

19-Sep-15 Vegetables and Police Partnership
VIDEO - Police precinct #4 join Loaves & Fishes to serve fresh grilled vegetables to children in North Minneapolis
27-Aug-15 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

23-Jul-15 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. 

Loaves and Fishes is officially launching its new mobile food truck on Thursday.

10-Jul-15 Farm for All news clip


07-Jul-15 How one Twin Cities program gets fresh produce to those with limited access to healthy food
04-Jul-15 Peace garden plot to help feed the hungry
18-May-15 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.

26-Mar-15 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.

20-Mar-15 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.

30-Jan-15 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.

27-Jul-14 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.

20-Jan-14 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. 

06-Jan-14 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.