Loaves and Fishes ensure that the hungry in Clarksville are fed |  Giving Grace

Loaves and Fishes ensure that the hungry in Clarksville are fed | Giving Grace

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Loaves and Fishes began their work to help those in need in 1983. The nonprofit was started when a group of women at Trinity Episcopal Church wanted to make a difference, so they served soup once a week. to those who were hungry.

Bread and Fish CEO Ricky Willis said it was not long before women realized there was a much greater need for food than just once a week. Willis said the group reached out to other churches in the center for help, and the result grew to the bread and fish we know today.

The organization performed their mission for many decades at the First Presbyterian Church Activities and Outreach Center at 215 Foster St. A few years ago, Loaves and Fishes bought property and built their new facility, which opened in March at 825 Crossland Ave.

“It has enabled us to take the next step on the journey of Loaves and Fishes. It has given us the opportunity to grow and what we are able to offer as a service. Not just in the form of a meal, but potentially other steps when we try to serve the whole person, ”Willis said.

They open their doors from 8am Monday to Saturday and serve close to 125 free lunches from 10.30am to 12.30pm every day. Along with food, free Wi-Fi is available and there are charging stations for telephones.

As Loaves and Fishes is closed on Sundays, Saturdays along with their meal, each person will receive a blessing bag filled with food.

Willis said they are not connected to a food bank or other food network. “Everything we receive comes through local donations and the generosity of people here in Clarksville and the surrounding area. We are blessed with food from businesses and individuals in a really great way,” he said.

Loaves and Fishes also has a warehouse distribution center in their new facility, and they partner with close to 30 other churches and agencies in the Clarksville area that supply food to their ministries. Willis said the organization is always looking for ways to network with other people, companies and agencies that have services that can meet the needs of the people they serve.

“We are a ministry that makes sure that the hungry are satiated. We ask no questions, we make no judgments. If people are hungry, we feed them, ”Willis said.

Since they are open six days a week, they always need volunteers to help prepare meals, serve meals, clean up and handle the reception and distribution of food. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do; we could not do without them, ”Willis said.

To learn more about Loaves and Fishes, to volunteer or make a donation, visit loavesandfishestn.org, email info@loavesandfishestn.org, go to facebook / LoavesandFishesTN /, or call 931-645-9020.

Giving Grace, sponsored by Grace Dental, is an ongoing Clarksville Now series featuring local nonprofits.

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