The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Cathy Maes one of their 2021 Women in Business honorees.
When Maes joined Loaves & Fishes as Executive Director in 2013, the organization served about 300,000 free meals out of 10 open-to-the-public dining sites. Through her fiscal management, strategic planning, and development skills, she has significantly grown the impact of Loaves & Fishes. This is demonstrated with over 4 million meals served in 2020 under her leadership and vision. Loaves & Fishes now serves free meals at 30 open-to-the-public dining sites in addition to becoming the first re-distributor organization of Second Harvest Heartland, partnering with nearly over 70 organizations to aid their meal programs, and launching a mobile street outreach program to feed homeless Minnesotans.