Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Phone number: 203-562-2691
Program Manager: The Rev. Keith Voets
Every Saturday morning from 9:00-10:30 hundreds of people gather outside the Church of St. Paul & St. James for our Loaves & Fishes ministry. This ministry began with a food pantry, but it much more than a food pantry. Each person is valued and we do all we can to extend radical hospitality to all who enter through our doors.
We serve the working poor, unemployed, and all those in need by providing a bag of groceries to each person who comes through our doors on Saturday mornings.
No one is turned away and by the grace of God we now serve 150 to 250 people each Saturday. Our hospitality extends way beyond providing food.
We also have a Clothing Closet, which is open every Saturday from 9:00am -10:30am. On average, the Clothing Closet serves approximately 170 people per month. Clothes are obtained through donations. Volunteers work together, sorting, washing and ironing seasonal clothes for men, women and children.
We are continuously blessed to be part of God’s work through this expanding mission. In addition to the food pantry, we offer a nurturing child-care environment every Saturday morning where parents can place their children while they shop at the food pantry. There are usually toys and books for the children to take with them. Volunteers help read to the children while their parents shop.
When our guests arrive they are ushered to our hospitality area where they are served pastries and fresh coffee. Volunteers serve our guests and answer any questions they may have about our program.
Blood pressure screening and medical check-ups
Yale medical students offer basic check ups and referrals regularly and free of charge. Our guests truly appreciate the care they receive from these young future doctors. According to the medical students, their work for Loaves & Fishes plays an important role in their learning experience, providing them a hands-on opportunity to help those in need.
Want to Volunteer?
You probably guessed that we don’t do this alone. Loaves & Fishes works because so many people care. Volunteers come from miles around to lend their hands and hearts. They welcome our guests, hand out food, hand out clothes, and give of themselves. Every Saturday morning we work and pray together. It is a human story connected to the Divine, where the perfect circle of giving and receiving is complete.
Volunteers arrive at 8:00 am in the rear of the church. Parking is available in an entrance on Chapel Street. Volunteers enter through the kitchen door in the back parking lot. Please ask for the Loaves & Fishes Coordinator, Jenna or the “Team Captain.” He or she will then assign you a task.
Groups of volunteers
If you have five or more people in your group, please let us know (as far in advance as you can) that you are coming. Please email Loaves & Fishes or call 203-562-2691 and let us know the ages and number of people in your group. We can almost always find a job for people to do to help.
I want to give a donation to help to continue this important work
We also rely on charitable donations from private and corporate donors.
Please make checks payable to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and send them to the following address:
The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James
Attn: Loaves & Fishes
57 Olive Street
New Haven, CT 06511