Love Builds Up

A Family

Mission: Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays have share the belief that access to nutritious food is a basic human right for everyone in our community.

Population Served: At-risk individuals and families in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

History: Loaves and Fishes was founded in 1975 when concerned community members came together and created the first coordinated food pantry in Charlotte at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Loaves and Fishes has never turned anyone away due to lack of food and is a nationally recognized model. In March of 2020, Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays merged to strengthen their capacity to tackle all the phases of food insecurity in Charlotte.

Approach: Loaves & Fishes | Friendship Trays is a network of emergency food pantries and the primary Meals on Wheels program in Mecklenburg County providing nutritionally balanced groceries for neighbors in need and healthy prepared meals for those unable to prepare or secure meals for themselves. 

How Love Builds Up

Myers Park Presbyterian Church hosts food drives throughout the year to support Loaves and Fishes | Friendship Trays, promotes opportunities to volunteer in their warehouse and as delivery drivers, and maintains a Friendship Trays ministry team that is responsible for one of the Meals on Wheels routes in Charlotte. 

If you would like to engage in Myers Park Presbyterian Church’s partnership with Loaves and Fishes | Friendship Trays, please email