June 2024 Enewsletter

A Grove of Monthly Givers

Collective giving has an impact! We call our monthly supporters “The Grove,” because they offer strength, resilience, and shelter. They block the wind and provide shade so that all who gather there are protected.

Every dollar we receive is converted to $19 worth of food delivered to those who need it most. A $5 monthly donation has an impact of over $1000 annually.

Imagine the good we can do together. 

Did you know?

The largest percentage of rescued food that Loaves & Fishes delivers is fresh produce at 30.9%. That’s 834,000 pounds of produce in 2023! 

In 2023, Loaves & Fishes joined the Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) program, becoming an official distributor of farm-fresh food from South Carolina producers. In partnership with South Carolina Department of Agriculture and local program hubs–Swamp Rabbit Cafe, Feed & Seed, and Francis Produce Company, we help strengthen local food systems and support local farmers.

Imagine the impact of a full-time staff person within a community school whose only duty is to figure out what this school, what these kids, what this community needs. To locate resources within the community that can meet those needs and pull opportunities together to help these children reach their potential. Alex Byrd of Grove Elementary School is just such a unicorn…

We are honored to have been chosen to receive a Neighborhood Grant from The Starbucks Foundation. Thank you to Starbucks and Starbucks’ employees in our community for nominating us and for supporting our work to reduce food insecurity in our community. 

Loaves & Fishes is able to rescue and deliver $19 worth of food for every single dollar raised. That means every gift has an incredible impact. 

All Greenville County Schools currently serving free breakfast through August 1st! 

Follow the instructions by featured local Chef Tony Keely. Indulge in a healthy, tasty, refreshing Watermelon Gazpacho served with Grilled Blackened Shrimp. 

Prepare by grabbing a handful of delicious ingredients (plus your food processor and a cutting board).

 Serves six (6) people.

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May 2024 Enewsletter

Greenville Women Giving Awards Grant to Loaves & Fishes to Support Food Rescue Mission

In 2024, Greenville Women Giving awarded grants in each of their five focus areas: Arts, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Services. Loaves & Fishes was honored to be one of six nonprofit organizations in our community selected to receive generous support from Greenville Women Giving in the form of a $100,000 grant. This grant was awarded to Loaves & Fishes in the category of Environment after careful consideration of the beneficial outcomes of food rescue as an innovative solution to the challenges of food waste and food insecurity… 

Imagine the impact of a full-time staff person within a community school whose only duty is to figure out what this school, what these kids, what this community needs. To locate resources within the community that can meet those needs and pull opportunities together to help these children reach their potential. Alex Byrd of Grove Elementary School is just such a unicorn…

A special Thank You to the Sisk Foundation at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church

During early 2024, we received generous funding from the Sisk Foundation of United Methodist Church. These funds have been made available due to the concern, compassion, and foresight of J. Kelly Sisk. Loaves & Fishes is able to rescue and deliver $19 worth of food for every single dollar raised. That means every gift makes an incredible impact. We are so grateful to the review committee of the Sisk Foundation for their support of our mission to reduce food insecurity in our community. 

Loaves & Fishes Executive Director, Tessa May, visited Nigel Roberts of WYFF 4 to share information about food insecurity in our community and what Loaves & Fishes is doing to help people in need. 

We recently celebrated our 28th Annual Taste of the Upstate!

With over 250 attendees, the most talented Chefs in the Upstate, WSPA’s Christy Henderson as our emcee, delicious food, and amazing music from Darby Wilcox, and of course, YOU–our caring Greenville community–the 28th Annual Taste of the Upstate truly was a celebration of food as our common ground and a human right.

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