Our Story

During their time as church deacons, Linda Freeman (Director Emeritus) and Lana Lindenmuth (Financial Director) noticed that an increasing number of families and individuals were coming to their church for help with food. The church could not keep pace with the requests. This became the genesis of the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

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 our area, and is a completely volunteer-run operation. The Prospect Hill Baptist Church generously donates the space we use. When Linda retired as Director in May 2012, Joanne Castagna was named the new Director.

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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 up to Rutledge.

Our clients are individually screened and must fall within the government guidelines for poverty. We also work closely with county social workers and case workers so their clients, who are eligible, can receive an adequate supply of food. Each family is provided with a box containing nutritionally balanced meals for each member of the family. Also we provide a personal care item each month.

We serve all people, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, etc. and help more than 1,150 families in many different communities.