LOAVES AND FISHES
of Tompkins County
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we will take steel, tin, copper, aluminum, brass, batteries and cars in
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105 Cherry Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
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whole donation is for
Loaves and Fishes of TC
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THANK YOU for thinking of US!
Winter Appeal 2013
For the past 30
years, each weekday, something remarkable happens in Ithaca, New
Loaves & Fishes,
Ithaca’s Community Kitchen, serves a warm, free meal and fosters a
community of people who care for and serve each other, regardless of
one’s faith, beliefs, or circumstances.
The need for our
community is significantly increasing.
Today, 21% of the
people in Tompkins County live below the poverty line—and
as government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) endure even more reductions, the need for our
services will only grow larger. While waiting to be served, one guest
shared with us that he works for a local business, but only had one
dollar left in his pocket for lunch.
We serve more than
120 guests each weekday and over 2,700 meals each month. Last year we
served 33,772 meals—an increase of over 5,000 meals served as compared
to 2010. We are able to do this because of the generous work of
our volunteers and the generous financial support of our donors.
We rely on more than
100 amazing community volunteers each week; most of whom can be found in
the kitchen preparing food, serving, and cleaning. Some serve as
volunteer advocates, who offer our guests compassionate listening and
nonjudgmental, practical support. And we rely on generous
donations from community members to help ensure that we have the
financial resources needed to feed and support our guests.
For our guests—many
of whom have no family or friends in the community to support
them—Loaves & Fishes offers much more than just a warm meal. We offer a
loving community and provide a particularly effective environment to
learn when people are in crisis or have unmet basic needs. A pregnant
woman came for a meal while staff representatives from the Tompkins
County WIC (women, infants and children) program were tabling. They
spoke with her and learned that she qualified to receive WIC benefits.
On the spot, one of the representatives made an appointment for the
woman so that she could get the necessary paper work submitted.
With your help, we
can continue to make a difference in the lives of our guests and ensure
that something remarkable continues to happen in Ithaca. And
the reality is that the need for our free meal program has never been
Thank you for your
consideration. May you have a blessed holiday season.
Rev. Christina Culver, Director
Rev. Janet Shortall, Board President