Over the past year, the number of families requesting help from the Monroe based Loaves and Fishes food pantry has multiplied. In previous years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would distribute food to the pantry, along with others in the area, on a quarterly basis. But that caused problems as the economic issues grew worse. Loaves and Fishes volunteers estimate that sometimes people would line up as early as 9 p.m on the night before a distribution, to guarantee they would get supplies. Now the Union County Department of Social Services is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to provide more food to the area.
“Volunteers have worked extremely hard to help meet the demands of the citizens in our communities and distributed food to more than 46,000 families during the past ten years,” Social Services Volunteer Services Coordinator Gloria Haney said. “In order to continue feeding the families in the most effective manner, Loaves and Fishes will now distribute food to the public and families will no longer need to rush to stand in line in order to receive food.”
Food is distributed at Loaves and Fishes at 202 Stewart Street in Monroe on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. For more information, residents can call 980-328-7111. Haney also adds that any food pantries in the area that want to get on the distribution list can call her at 704-296-4312.