Loaves and Fishes hosted their 7th annual Louisiana Saturday Night fundraiser Saturday, October 15, 2016. The funraider brings creole flavors to benefit one of the city’s oldest food pantries.
Patrons were served a delicious Cajun dinner with chicken and smoked sausage gumbo with rice, jambalaya, homemade slaw, French bread and topped it off with a traditional New Orleans praline.
It takes about 100 volunteers comprised of church groups, college students, members of the military and the community to help staff the event. Around 500 people purchase tickets to help support Loaves and Fishes. In addition to ticket sales, aprons and t-shirts were sold during the event generating proceeds that go a long way to support the Loaves and Fishes mission.
The community kitchen provides free meals to nearly 200 hungry people a day, six days a week. They also distribute food to area agencies through volunteer efforts. They serve approximately 45,000-50,000 meals yearly through their kitchen.
Most of the food served is donated to the pantry but they also have to supplement items to complete meals, and one of their biggest needs is protein. It’s important to the pantry to serve nutritious meals to those in the most need.
Loaves and Fishes takes donations from several area businesses including grocery stores, restaurants, local farmers and individuals. Left over items the pantry doesn’t use, are redistributed among 36 other organizations.
Upcoming fundraisers for Loaves and Fishes include Spirit Fest in December and the Jingle Bell Food Drive that begins in November. More information can be found and donations can be made at www.loavesandfishes.com.