Fish & Loaves

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Fish & Loaves Mission Statement

The mission of Fish & Loaves is to unite churches, concerned civic groups, the private sector, and individual men and women of faith in a community partnership to ensure that no one goes hungry or without adequate nutrition in Downriver.

Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry

25670 Northline Road, Taylor,
(East of Beechdaly Road)
Michigan 48180 Phone: 734-442-0031

www.downriverfishandloaves.org

A Community Food Pantry Supported by St. Paul United Church of Christ

 

Ministry Description

St. Paul United Church of Christ is a charter congregation of the Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, a cooperative, non-sectarian, non-profit, faith based initiative seeking to insure adequate food and nutrition for all residents within seven local communities: Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor and Woodhaven. Fish & Loaves is also committed to working together with other agencies, civic bodies, fraternal organizations, and private sector businesses in the wider Downriver area and western Wayne County to maximize food resources available in responding to personal and community wide emergencies.

Organization & Leadership

Underscoring our congregation's commitment to Fish & Loaves as a community food ministry, St. Paul senior pastor, Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas and a lay member of our congregation, Beverly Sitz, respectively serve as president and board member of the new community ministry. More than a half dozen other churches, Protestant and Roman Catholic, are also represented by board of director participants.

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Services Provided to Families and Individuals in Need

With the support of St. Paul United Church of Christ and other congregations, Fish & Loaves has established a central "client choice" pantry that allows individuals and families to "shop" on a monthly or bi-monthly basis for items they need, including fresh seasonal produce, dairy products, refrigerated foods, and meats.The client choice pantry is the most effective way to affirm the dignity of those helped, while minimizing waste because clients only take what they are likely to use at home. The Fish & Loaves Pantry is located adjoining the new Gleaners Food Bank Warehouse on Northline Road, just east of Beech-Daly in Taylor, approximately two miles from St. Paul United Church.

Ongoing Support and Contributions from Our Congregation

As a non-profit ministry which does not charge for any services provided, Fish & Loaves continues to depend upon financial and in-kind donations from St. Paul United Church of Christ and other local congregations for its successful operation. St. Paul United Church supports Fish & Loaves by regularly collecting food, providing financial support, and encouraging our own members to volunteer their personal time and talents to help with all Fish & Loaves projects. The food collection bin for all donated canned good and dried food products is located in our church's narthex, just outdoor our sanctuary. For information about how you can volunteer for the Fish & Loaves ministry, call the St. Paul Church office at 313-291-1221.