Our Mission

Our Mission                                                                                                                                                                                  “Loaves and Fishes shares God’s love by providing food, clothing, and community to our neighbors in a safe and welcoming space.”

Loaves and Fishes is a different kind of nonprofit. We are an organization rooted in community, seeking to blur the line between those who receive our services and those who disseminate them. We believe that strong community is comprised of mutual respect, a value that can easily be seen on any given Saturday.

Our Goals                                                                                                                          ● Advocate for a more equitable and just food system in Greater New Haven.

● Provide food, clothing, and access to services that meet neighbors’ basic needs so that they have greater agency in making personal finance decisions.

● Offer culturally appropriate and nutritious food that reflects our neighbors’ preferences.

● Create a welcoming shopping environment where our neighbors  can choose seasonally appropriate clothing that best suits their needs.

● Connect our neighbors to other service providers who build on our mission and goals. 

● Foster a community open to all that recognizes our shared humanity.

Our Partnerships                                                                                                                                                                                 The Office Of Veterans Affairs                                                                                                                                                             We partner with the VA in West Haven to provide quality bags of groceries to veterans who are unable to leave their homes due to the global pandemic.  

The Agency on Aging                                                                                                                                                                          We partner with the Agency on Aging, a non-profit serving seniors, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers to provide weekly grocery drop-offs to homebound seniors. The Agency on Aging works in coordination with the Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven to bring seniors in need into supportive relationships with caring volunteers.

Warren Street Deliveries                                                                                                                                                                        We deliver groceries to our neighbors at the Winslow Celentano New Haven Housing authority twice a month for folks who have trouble making it to our pantry because of age or disability. 

The Neighborhood Health Project (NHP)                                                                                                                                          NHP offers weekly medical screenings during our hours of operation.  Medical students from Yale along with an attending physician provide medical screenings, advice on pantry food choices (integrated with our SWAP program), and referrals to health care services.  They complete an average of 30 screenings a week.

Period@Yale                                                                                                                                                                        Period@Yale provides menstrual products to our clothing closet that are given away each week.  These are some of the most requested items that we distribute.

*The below services are  currently deciding how to best navigate the pandemic and will return as soon as possible*

Community Health Workers (CHW)                                                                                                                                                CHWs from Project Access are on hand every week to provide patient navigation services.  They also work closely with the Neighborhood Health Project.  The CHWs provide information about other  services available to our neighbors, provide patient navigation services including arranging rides to appointments and reminder calls, and serve as sounding boards to neighbors’ concerns.

The Kennedy Center                                                                                                                                                                              The Kennedy Center is on site weekly helping our neighbors fill out disability forms so that they can receive reduced public transportation ID cards.  They provide a printer for photos, envelopes, and assistance with filling out the forms. 

Poverty Alleviation through Washing Soles (PAWS)                                                                                                                      PAWS New Haven provides quarterly foot care clinics with medical students and doctors from Yale.  These clinics include foot care, new socks, new shoes, and hygiene products.             

*If interested in our policy and procedures, please contact jcramer@loavesandfishesnh.com so we can tell you more about the ways in which we embody our mission and goals.

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