The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Loaves & Fishes works to eliminate hunger by picking up donations of perishable food and delivering that food directly to agencies that feed the hungry.
Loaves & Fishes has been bringing the hungry fresh food daily in Greenville County since 1991. Our volunteers pick up and deliver perishable food items each day to agencies that provide assistance to those in need. We serve 100 agencies on a schedule that ranges from seven days a week to once a month, depending on the needs of the agency.
More than 62 generous food donors, ranging from grocery stores and restaurants to corporations, provide regular donations of perishable foods. ANother 146 donors call in with donations.
Fifty percent of the food we rescue iss upplied to agencies that proide primary meals and emergency food pantries for families and individuals. Senior citizens are the next largest single group, with deliveries going to low income senior housing and to senior centers. The balance of our recipient agencies are after school programs, nonprofit day cars, community centers and programs serving special populations. Loaves & Fishes delivers $10.51 of food for every dollar in our operating budget.