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Taste of the Upstate Returns as an In-Person Fundraiser

GREENVILLE, SC (May 18, 2021)— After many years of social distancing and gathering virtually, Loaves & Fishes’ annual fundraiser is back in person to celebrate a newfound sense of international connectedness and give guests not only a “Taste of the Upstate,” but also a sample of the Flavors of the World.     On Sunday, May 22, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Zen in downtown Greenville, guests can expect to enjoy small bites of international cuisine, a silent auction and local art auction, and a live performance from the Greenville Jazz Collective. Joining Taste of the Upstate 2022: Flavors of the World are 10 local chefs and restaurants, including plant-based chefs and four Table 301 restaurants. Representing over 10 countries or regions and offering sweet, savory, vegan, and non-vegan tastes are the...

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Charity walk to benefit hunger-fighting efforts locally and abroad

GREENVILLE, SC (March 7, 2022) — Church World Service (CWS) hosts Upstate CROP Hunger Walk in Greenville annually to help eradicate hunger and poverty in our community and around the world through sustainable initiatives. A portion of the funds raised through the Upstate CROP Hunger Walk will benefit Loaves & Fishes (L&F), a local food rescue organization in Greenville County. CROP Hunger Walks across the country raised over $6 million for hunger relief initiatives in 2021. The 2021 Upstate walk had its’ best year ever in its 35-year history, raising over $24,500, with all participant-raised funds directly benefit CWS and L&F. This year’s 5K walk will take place on Sunday, March 20th at 2:30 pm on the Barton Campus of Greenville Technical College. Register to participate or create a team online...

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Healthcare professionals join the fight against food insecurity

Ogles and Brookshire lend their passion and expertise to serve the mission of a local food rescue organization.   GREENVILLE, SC (Nov. 1, 2021)— Loaves & Fishes Greenville (L&F) announced the appointment of Carmen Ogles and Blake Brookshire, PT, DPT, to its Board of Directors. The new members will lend their professional experience and deep community connections to help the organization in its mission to minimize food waste and maximize healthy food access in Greenville County.   Carmen Ogles brings expertise in grass roots community leadership with a focus on addressing community health needs and patient advocacy. Currently serving as the Community Faith Coordinator for the Bon Secours Mercy Health System, she excels in forming relationships with community leaders, facilitating strategic partnerships, and furthering diverse neighborhoods’ goals around improved health and educational opportunities. Ogles...

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Publix Charities Supports Food Rescue & Hunger Reduction in Upstate SC

GREENVILLE, SC (Sept. 14, 2021)— Loaves & Fishes received a $5,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities to support their Food Donation Hub program. The program was launched in 2019 to provide a source for high-quality, healthy product to food-insecure residents in currently under-served communities. It serves as an enhancement to Loaves & Fishes’ Daily Food Rescue, through which truck drivers and volunteers pick up surplus food from local grocery stores, restaurants, food distribution centers and caterers that would otherwise be thrown away and deliver that food free of charge to 105 partner agencies. These agencies serve individuals experiencing food insecurity and a variety of other hardships.   Each Food Donation Hub serves 3-5 member agencies, such as church pantries and other small organizations that lack the onsite refrigeration capacity to receive...

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Sidewall Pizza Benefits Loaves & Fishes

Join us for pizza on July 31st anytime from 11:00am-9:00pm at Sidewall Pizza Company on Pelham Road and a portion of your purchase will go directly to funding the mission of Loaves & Fishes - Rescuing Food & Reducing Hunger in Greenville County! For more information to host your own fundraiser to benefit Loaves & Fishes, contact Breean O’Neill at 864-232-3595 or at breean@loavesandfishesgreenville.org About Loaves & Fishes Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization that reduces hunger in Greenville County by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to nearly 100 partner organizations for distribution to those in need. Founded in 1991, we serve as a vital conduit through which businesses can contribute to the community in a meaningful way and surplus food can be maximized. Our goal is to...

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Firehouse Subs Benefits Loaves & Fishes Food Rescue

Summer break means swim meets, summer camps and sports tournaments all of which require a good feeding at the end of the day for everyone! This is the perfect opportunity for you to refuel your family, teammates and friends after your busy summer days and give back at the same time! Make plans to eat at Firehouse Subs on Haywood Road or Pelham Road from 4pm-9pm on Tuesday, June 25th and a portion of your purchase will go directly to helping fund Loaves & Fishes mission of rescuing food and reducing hunger in Greenville County. For more information to host your own fundraiser to benefit Loaves & Fishes, contact Breean O'Neill at 864-232-3595 or at breean@loavesandfishesgreenville.org About Loaves & Fishes Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization that reduces hunger in Greenville County by rescuing food that would...

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DHG Ramps Up Annual Canned Food Drive

Dixon Hughes Goodman is hosting their annual "Count the Cans" campaign June 14th-June 24th. The local Certified Public Accountants and Advisors made a tremendous impact last year in Greenville County as they donated more than $11,000 and 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Loaves & Fishes as part of their corporate "Count the Cans" campaign. The canned food drive is heavily relied on by the pantries Loaves & Fishes serves. The summer canned food drive is important since pantry shelves are receiving less donations this time of year than they traditionally do during the holiday months despite the constant need in their communities.  This effort by DHG and it's employees is vital to ending summer hunger in Greenville County and is greatly appreciated by the thousands of lives it impacts every...

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Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse Benefits Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes has been chosen as Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse’s June beneficiary and we would love for you to join us as we raise funds to support our mission while enjoying delicious, local food from a very generous restaurant! Please share with your friends & family! Make plans to eat at Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse in Travelers Rest from 5pm -8pm on Thursday, June 20th and 100% of your purchase will go directly to helping fund Loaves & Fishes’ mission of rescuing food and reducing hunger in Greenville County! For more information to host your own fundraiser to benefit Loaves & Fishes, contact Breean O’Neill at 864-232-3595 or at breean@loavesandfishesgreenville.org About Loaves & Fishes Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization that reduces hunger in Greenville County by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted...

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Food Waste?  Is it really waste? Truck-to-Table collaborative dinner suggests not.

Greenville, SC – Loaves & Fishes and Project Host sought to answer the question what happens to perfectly edible food that would otherwise be wasted? The two organizations answered the question with their celebrated, successful and longstanding collaboration during the Truck to Table Community Dinner this month. 60 invited guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Project Host’s culinary students using only ingredients included in that day’s food donations received from Loaves & Fishes. Students who participate in the free culinary job-skills program are typically unemployed or underemployed, often due to barriers such as lack of education or homelessness. The students more than met the Iron Chef style challenge by creating tasty dishes from beef bourgeoisie to homemade ice cream covering a delectable cinnamon bun! “It was amazing to have...

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One month, 29,216 pounds of food

Canned food collected for Loaves & Fishes helps stock agencies’ shelves for the New Year. GREENVILLE, SC (December 5, 2018) — Over 29,000 pounds of canned goods and boxed foods were collected during the month of November for Loaves & Fishes’ Feed the Thousands campaign. Twenty-two local businesses, churches and schools collected the much-needed items for the food rescue agency. The results of their combined efforts yielded an impressive 29,216 pounds of non-perishable food. Primrose Academy at Five Forks collected the most of all the donors with 2,000 pounds. “At Primrose, we pride ourselves on helping children become active members in their community and our world. Each day we teach generosity and how to be kind to one another, without expectation or reward.” Green Cloud Technologies was a close second this year...

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