Who We Are - Loaves and Fishes
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Who We Are

A Dream and a Mission

 

Loaves & Fishes reduces hunger in Greenville County through rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to partner agencies for distribution to those in need. 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 eliminate food insecurity among our neighbors by working to ensure no good food goes to waste.

We rescued and delivered over
2.4 MILLION POUNDS
of food in 2021, including:

Fresh produce

Dairy products

Canned goods

Frozen meats

Prepared foods

Bread and other bakery items

We currently partner with over 107 agencies. They include:

Single meal providers, such as soup kitchens and breakfast programs

Nonprofit child care and after school/summer programs

Shelters and group homes

Senior programs

Community centers

Low income housing for seniors and disabled citizens

Therapeutic programs supporting special populations

Our Story

Sam-Hunt

Loaves & Fishes was founded in Greenville in 1991. Local banker Sam Hunt was traveling in New York City in 1990 where he witnessed food rescue for the first time. He watched City Harvest, one of the first food rescues in the US, rescue leftover food from the event he was attending. When he asked, he was told that they would deliver it to near-by hungry people. What a novel solution! Knowing that hunger was a problem in Greenville too–he got to work. Sam recognized that a significant amount of high quality perishable food was also being discarded in Greenville, just like in New York City. To move surplus food to feed the hungry, he mobilized dozens of family and friends, effectively founding Loaves & Fishes as a 100% volunteer-run agency in the process.

In 1991 Hunt and his volunteers rescued a modest 25,000 pounds of food. With 4 refrigerated trucks, Loaves & Fishes rescued nearly 2.5 million pounds of food in 2021, a record year– but not much has changed. We still believe that food is dignity and that everyone deserves it. Rescuing food is who we are, and all we do. Sharing isn’t just a character trait we teach children–its a verb that inspires us to ensure no good food goes to waste in Greenville, 7 days a week.

We have 107 partners, many of which are in places of worship, though L&F is not religiously affiliated. As a 501 (c) 3, we donate surplus food to secular groups, nonprofit partners, and religious partners of all kinds. We are constantly expanding our network to include more and more of Greenville County and aim to eliminate hunger and food insecurity altogether.

Our Team

Tessa May
Executive Director
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Israel Greene
Rescue Driver

Naomi Horne
Director of Philanthropy
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Nathaniel McCrary
Director of Operations
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Demarcus Vernon
Rescue Driver

Andy Fadden
Rescue Driver

Jessica Nihiser
Volunteer Coordinator
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Johan Rohas
Rescue Driver

Our Board

Officers

Alex Vitou, Chair
Dodge Industrial, Inc.

Anthony Quartararo, Vice Chair
Attorney

Jesse Hansford, Treasurer
Professional Planning & Wealth

Members

Marian L. Bowers, United Community Bank

Jonathan Philipsen, Green Cloud Technologies

Carolyn Dickerson, Coordinator
Bibleway Full Gospel Missionary Baptist Church

Rachel Hunt, Hope Streams Counseling, LLC

Blake Brookshire, Roger C. Peace Inpatient Rehabilitation

Carmen Ogles, Bon Secours Health System

Kathryn Burke, Southern First Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members Emeritus

Carol Ann Bell, Community Volunteer

Will Hodge, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Ana Davis, Godshall Staffing

Jon Good, NAI Earle Furman

Beverly Henderson, Community Volunteer

Brad Hughes, Allstate

Terrie Long, Greenville Health System

Bob Munnich, Larkin’s on the River & Grill Marks

Tyson Smoak, Pintail Capital

Chef Patrick Wagner, Culinary Institute of the Carolinas

Marsha Woods, United Community Bank

Jake Cluverius, Merrill Lynch

John Meachum, Dixon Hughes Goodman

Marilyn Messer, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Financial Transparency

We feel that part of genuine service to the community is being open about our finances. Learn how we allocate our funds in the document to the right.