See the News & Updates page for detailed information about modifications we have made to the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEED A MEAL? You are welcome at Loaves and Fishes for a prepared lunch at noon every Saturday and Sunday at 1525 Newton St NW (lower level of St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church). We also provide lunch on federal holidays.
We also operate a food pantry that gives visitors groceries to take home with them on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00am.
Our program relies on support from individuals, communities, organizations, and foundations. Please support our mission by clinking on Donate in the menu above. Your gift, large or small, will ensure we are here to feed people who are hungry.
Loaves and Fishes began as an outgrowth of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church’s practice in the mid-1960s of providing meals after Sunday services. When nonchurchgoers who were hungry began to appear in considerable numbers, the congregation launched a meals ministry and named the program Loaves and Fishes after the account in the Bible of the miracle performed by Jesus. As Loaves and Fishes grew, other churches stepped in to help. We are now sustained by a partnership with 11 other churches, many of them in the suburbs, and diverse foundations, community groups, and individuals.
Our mission and goals are two-fold: to feed people who are hungry in our community and to educate volunteers and community members about hunger and homelessness. We are proud to serve a hot, healthy lunch to all who come to us without regard to their age, race, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation, or lack of it.
The need for free meals is particularly acute on weekends when most free meal programs in Washington are closed. For people who are poor and homeless, finding their next meal is a seven-day-a-week challenge. Our guest surveys have shown that most guests appreciate not only the food, which is generally rated as high-quality, but also the welcoming, calm surroundings, an opportunity to be off the streets for a while and perhaps have a game of spades or checkers while waiting for the meal.
We invite you to join us as a guest, volunteer, or financial supporter. Meals are available at noon on weekends and federal holidays and groceries on Saturdays (9:00-11:00am) at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church.