Our Story

In operation since late August 2001, the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is a non-denominational, non-sectarian food bank that supplies food to those in need in an area, and the pantry is staffed completely by volunteers.   The pantry was started when Linda Freeman (Director) and Lana Lindenmuth (the Financial Director noticed that an increasing number of families and individuals were coming to our church for help with food.  Our church could not keep pace with the requests.  This became the genesis of the pantry. 

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Linda and Lana spent the first two years not only serving individuals and families, but networking with other churches, businesses, organizations, school districts and individuals seeking support for our operation.  The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry was eventually made a part of the food distribution available through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture State Food Purchase Program.  However, only about 20 percent of our food and funding comes from this source.  The Pantry is on its own to raise the rest of the food and funding we need.  Linda and Lana continue to network and build bridges throughout the area to better serve their clients.

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is an all-volunteer operation.  Prospect Hill Baptist Church donates the space we use.  Our clients are individually screened and must fall within the government guidelines for poverty.  Each family is provided with a box containing three meals a day for eight days for each member of the family, a total of 24 meals. Each box is packed to be nutritionally balanced. In addition, we provide a selection of other food products to give our client families another five or six meals for each person in the family. These are items that the client may select in sufficient quantity for their family.

The Pantry roughly encompasses the Ridley and Interboro School districts in Delaware County, Pa.  Its coverage area runs from Eddystone to Glenolden and from Tinicum Township to Morton/Rutledge, although it does serve clients outside of those areas who cannot get to their pantries on the days they are open.  We also work closely with county social workers and case workers so their clients, who are eligible, can receive an adequate supply of food.  We serve all people, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, etc. and help more than 650 families in more than 35 different communities.