LOAVES AND FISHES IS CELEBRATING FOURTEEN YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Joanne F. Castagna

Letter from the Director:

Welcome to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. The Pantry opened in August 2001 and fourteen years later we are one of the largest food pantries in Delaware County. We serve a geographic area that encompasses the Ridley and Interboro School Districts. We are part of the Delco Interfaith Food Assistance Network (DIFAN), a program of Family & Community Service of Delaware County. DIFAN is an organization comprised of 12 food pantries covering all of Delaware County.

We are a part of the food distribution available through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Agriculture State Food Purchase Program and the Government's TEFAP program. However, only about 20 percent of our food and funding comes from these sources. We are on our own to raise the rest of the food and funding we need. We continue to network and build bridges throughout our area to better serve our clients.

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is an all-volunteer operation. Prospect Hill Baptist Church donates the space we use. Our clients are individually screened and must fall within the government guidelines for poverty. Each family receives a box of food that is packed to be nutritionally balanced with three meals a day for EACH member of the family.

Aside from food, we have several ongoing programs (see our program area on this website) and we also need help to keep these going.

The other thing we provide is a caring atmosphere where each individual is treated with dignity and understanding. Our clients are not file numbers or case numbers to us; they are individuals and we know most of them by name. There are 1,200 families that come to us for help.

We hope you will find this website interesting and hope you will join with us in serving others. In addition to donations of food or funds, we always need volunteers, especially on Tuesdays. Contact us! Become part of this community outreach program that serves those in need with the most fundamental necessities.

Sincerely,

Joanne F. Castagna, Director