Loaves and Fishes has been a haven for those needing a helping since 1981. Offering good meals, foodstuffs to go and even clothing, our north end Sydney facility opens its doors daily to anyone in need. And, our friendly volunteers and staff members ensure that nobody leaves the community kitchen hungry.

Operated by the Inner City Churches Loaves and Fishes Society, our non-profit organization relies on monetary and food donations, which along with assistance from Feed Nova Scotia, helps us dish up more than 40,000 meals every year.

Another great way to help out is by volunteering. Apart from our executive director, a full-time cook and a part-time cook, our community kitchen relies entirely on volunteers. Some of our volunteers have been here for 28 years, some come in once a week and others drop by on a more infrequent basis. Whatever time you can give us is greatly appreciated.

Nobody should go hungry, please help us make sure our community helps those who need some assistance.

History

Loaves and Fishes

Hunger has been an issue since time immemorial. In 1981 a group of concerned citizens gathered in Sydney to discuss the problem. The result was the establishment of the Loaves and Fishes Community Kitchen. The non-profit restaurant was intended to be a temporary measure, but unfortunately the demand was so great that it is still in existence today.

Indeed, Marco Amati, executive director of the Inner City Churches Loaves and Fishes Society, recently acknowledged a 10 per cent increase this year in the number of people coming into the kitchen for a meal.

The increased demand has resulted in the ongoing need for more resources. While food is always needed, keeping the Charlotte Street building heated is a major drain on the society’s limited resources. Fortunately, people care and a recent concert and silent auction held to raise money for the building’s oil bill attracted more than 300 people.