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18-Nov-19 Twin Cities nonprofits boost deliveries of free food to people in need in greater Minnesota

Minneapolis Star Tribune, 11/16/19

Northern Minnesota is known for its scenic woods, lake resorts and cabins. But Brian Chaffee also sees often hidden signs of poverty that are affecting families and older adults.

About 30 miles north of Brainerd, Chaffee and other volunteers are dishing up free meals each week at a church in Pine River and a senior center in nearby Backus, feeding some 350 people in need, thanks to a new partnership with a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, Loaves & Fishes.

21-Oct-19 Loaves and Fishes serves 1 millionth free meal of the year 2 months earlier than in 2018

KMSP, Fox 9, 10/21/19

Monday, the free meal program Loaves and Fishes marked a milestone and reminded the public that there is still great need.

19-Oct-19 Loaves & Fishes Hands Out Blankets Ahead Of Winter Months


05-Oct-19 Hennepin County Plans to Cut Funding for Nonprofits That Provide Food to Those in Need

22-Sep-19 Third Annual "A Warehouse Affair" Occurring Saturday

20-Sep-19 Loaves & Fishes on iHeart Radio

19-Sep-19 Loaves & Fishes and Clarin Family BBQ on Fox 9 News

14-Sep-19 Loaves & Fishes on myTalk 107.1

11-Sep-19 Minnesota Monthly: A Warehouse Affair

05-Sep-19 Don't Cut Food Aid--It's Working

05-Sep-19 Loaves & Fishes Now Serves Five Community Meals Per Week in Aitkin County

25-Aug-19 Ruben Rosario: Food Insecurity Not What I First Thought It Was

24-Aug-19 Pine River-Backus: Free Community Meals Gain Following

14-Aug-19 Growing Amounts of "Rescued Food" Used to Make Meals for Families in Need

31-Jul-19 Loaves & Fishes Responds to Proposed Federal SNAP Cuts

05-Jul-19 Loaves & Fishes Opens More Sites

01-Jul-19 Worried About Aging Parents?

27-Jun-19 Walmart Highlights Savage Co. Drymate's Community Impact

12-Jun-19 Minnesota Moment: Commercial Allows the Chance to Say Thank You for Good Deeds

10-Jun-19 RPM Drymate, Loaves & Fishes Re-purpose Waterproof Mats for Homeless

08-Jun-19 Innovative App Helps Minnesota Companies Get Leftover Food to People in Need

19-May-19 Long Time Loaves & Fishes Site Coordinator Retires

17-May-19 Addressing Hunger with Loaves & Fishes

11-May-19 Esther's Kitchen Celebrates Five Years in Marshall

15-Apr-19 Greater Twin Cities United Way Announces New Grants for 2019

11-Apr-19 Aitkin and Palisade Meals

19-Mar-19 Loaves & Fishes Partner Second Harvest Heartland Turns Shipping Container into Lettuce Farm

01-Mar-19 Career Recognition

28-Feb-19 Retiring Loaves & Fishes Worker Honored After Serving One Million Meals

22-Feb-19 MN Football Star With Big Dreams Gives Back to Loaves & Fishes

25-Jan-19 Federal Workers Respond To Shutdown Deal With Relief, Uncertainty

25-Jan-19 Help remains for federal workers following shutdown deal

25-Jan-19 Measured relief greets temporary shutdown reprieve in Minn.

24-Jan-19 Free lunch for furloughed workers at MSP

24-Jan-19 Loaves and Fishes provides meals for federal airport workers

24-Jan-19 Nonprofits, communities stepping up to help furloughed government workers

19-Jan-19 "We are making certain that if they are hungry, we are here for them."

19-Jan-19 Nonprofits ride out tax change

17-Jan-19 Let's Kick Hunger Radiothon

17-Jan-19 Driskill's January Round Up dollars to go to Loaves and Fishes

Driskill's January Round Up dollars to go to Loaves and Fishes

10-Jan-19 Loaves and Fishes coat distribution in Bloomington

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28-Dec-18 MSP Airport marks one year of donations to Loaves and Fishes

26-Dec-18 Loaves & Fishes serves record 1 million meals to the needy

Loaves & Fishes serves record 1 million meals to the needy

25-Dec-18 Is 1 million meals a good thing or a bad thing?

Star Tribune: Is one million meals a good thing or bad thing?

25-Dec-18 Local nonprofit 'Loaves and Fishes' reaches 1 million meals served

24-Dec-18 One million meals milestone reached

21-Dec-18 Loaves and Fishes serves 1 millionth meal at Holy Rosary in Minneapolis

20-Dec-18 Loaves and Fishes moves ahead to fifth year serving the Brooklyns

19-Dec-18 One millionth meal

18-Dec-18 One Million Meals Milestone on KSTP

15-Dec-18 One Million Meals Milestone on KARE

23-Nov-18 Loaves & Fishes: Live on Channel 9

21-Nov-18 Community meal - nourishing body and soul

19-Nov-18 Loaves & Fishes and Walk to End Hunger on WCCO-TV

13-Nov-18 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: No Hunger with Cathy Maes Ex. Dir. of Loaves & Fishes
03-Nov-18 Charities pitch donors for share of Greater Twin Cities United Way money

11-Oct-18 A cure for loneliness

09-Oct-18 Minnesota Moment: Smaller Non-Profits Saving Money on Food Thanks to Loaves and Fishes Food Hub

06-Oct-18 Tommy's Tonka Trolley donates ice cream to help Loaves & Fishes

20-Sep-18 Loaves & Fishes doing good work in Marshall

19-Sep-18 Ron and Asma

The national Facebook Watch series "An Imperfect Union" from TEGNA Inc. filmed a conversation between two people with differing views while serving meals at Loaves and Fishes’ Holy Rosary dining site earlier this month. The episode features Asma and Ron, sharing thoughts about assimilation in America.

19-Sep-18 Bank employees serve at Loaves & Fishes

18-Sep-18 Compeer Financial supports Loaves and Fishes

18-Sep-18 Hopkins mayor serves at Loaves & Fishes

04-Sep-18 Free meals every Wednesday, Thursday at Brunswick United Methodist Church

04-Aug-18 A gnawing chasm of need

01-Aug-18 Feed the Gap | Seniors

22-Jul-18 Technically Not Over

19-Jun-18 School might be out for the summer, but there’s still a lunch line!

14-Jun-18 IT’S HERE! After months of planning, ‘Senior Day’ has arrived at First Lutheran Church

07-Jun-18 The HUB Signing with SHH

04-Jun-18 Bingo at Lakes & Legends: June 10th

22-May-18 ‘We pay it forward when we have nothing to give because we’ve already lost everything’

23-Apr-18 Earth Day arrives at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

08-Apr-18 Cathy's Letter to the Editor

27-Mar-18 Innovative food rescue efforts allow food bank to give away fresh food


21-Mar-18 Dishing up Gold

Cindy Austin, Esther's Kitchen Site Coordinator

19-Feb-18 Goal Achieved: All MSP Leftovers Now Recovered by Loaves & Fishes

05-Feb-18 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.
03-Feb-18 "Off the Menu" with Dara

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30-Jan-18 Partnering to Punt Hunger in Minnesota During Super Bowl LIVE

12-Jan-18 Loaves and Fishes Giving Away Free Meals, Winter Weather Supplies

01-Jan-18 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.

31-Dec-17 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.
29-Dec-17 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.

27-Dec-17 What do we do with leftover food when there are people starving?

Hear Sue Zelickson on WCCO 830 talking about Loaves and Fishes!

25-Dec-17 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.

21-Dec-17 MSP Donating Unused Food to Aid Loaves and Fishes

MSP Airport is now helping Loaves & Fishes serve free meals to those in need.

21-Dec-17 Minnesota Moment: Loaves & Fishes Hand Out Winter Gear

Loaves and Fishes handed out hundreds of winter coats, gloves and blankets to those in need.

19-Dec-17 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.

18-Dec-17 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."

15-Dec-17 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.

28-Oct-17 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.

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.