Fish & Loaves Programs
TEFAP-The Emergency Food Assistance Program
Fish & Loaves is a distribution site for The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which is a Federal food commodities program. Food is distributed from Fish & Loaves on the third Thursday of each month from 10:00am-12:00pm and is for Taylor residents only. Please call Fish & Loaves for more information or to register for TEFAP.
Focus: HOPE Food for Senior Citizens
Senior citizens, at least 60 years of age, are eligible for additional nutrition support through the Focus: HOPE program. Focus: HOPE distributes from the Fish & Loaves Pantry on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:00am-1:00pm. To register for the Focus: HOPE Senior Food Program, contact Fish & Loaves.
Fish & Loaves is committed to ensuring food security for our local communities, but the needs of the families and individuals served by the pantry are often broader than food. To help families and individuals assess and address wider needs, Fish & Loaves has partnered with the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency to provide an on-site caseworker. The caseworker is on-site two days a week at Fish & Loaves for resource information and referrals. The use of caseworker services is optional for Fish & Loaves clients and two hundred families currently make use of the caseworker services, receiving helpful referrals, as well as assistance with rent, mortgage, and utility payments.
‘Cooking Matters’ Cooking & Nutrition Classes
Under the leadership of a master chef and nutritionist, Cooking Matters, sponsored by Gleaner’s Community Food Bank, offers a six week cooking and nutrition program on site at Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry. The free classes last two hours each and provide instruction on how families can prepare tasty, nutritious, and inexpensive meals. Participants receive a bag of groceries after each session with all the ingredients necessary to prepare at home the same meal they have just cooked at the pantry. At the end of the six week course, participants join the chef in a trip to a local grocery store where they receive a cookbook with other enticing recipes and a gift card for the additional purchase of groceries. Enrollment is limited to approximately fifteen participants. The cooking and nutrition classes are offered several times per year for current Fish & Loaves clients.
Community Garden – Come Play in the Dirt . . .
The Fish & Loaves Community Garden Plots are located at the Taylor Goodwill Garden. Volunteers are needed in the garden from May through October. Whether you’re a green-thumb experienced gardener or a brown-thumb novice, please join us and help Fish & Loaves in “Ensuring No One Goes Hungry”.
Individuals, friends, and groups are encouraged to participate. If you can spend an hour, a day, or commit to coming each week, your effort will be greatly appreciated.