Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Now Located At
Tanager Place | 1030 5th Ave. SE Suite 1700
(Use the 4th Ave Parking lot)
Hours: Tuesdays, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry has been serving Wellington Heights and the surrounding area for nearly 30 years. For the past 15 years, the pantry was housed in the mission house of Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1251 Third Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. It is, however a joint ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Christ Episcopal Church. Both churches provide financial support for the pantry. Loaves and Fishes also partners with HACAP to provide as much variety as possible for its clients.
In 2020, Loaves and Fishes began a new chapter, moving to the Tanager Building at 1030 5th Ave SE. It's just a few blocks away from the mission house, but provides more room for social distancing, better traffic flow and more storage space for the many foods kept at the pantry. If you know someone who needs food, please let them know about Loaves and Fishes. Our hours are listed above. All are welcome!
Pantry Director, Jan Kosowski, eyes the "milk table" - loaded with milk delivered by HACAP.
Unpacking and sorting bread is just one of the tasks volunteers do each week to prepare for the food distribution.
The current setup provides pre-bagged items, but offers choice of other items, part of L&F's original plan that choice provides dignity.
Volunteers work on setting up shop at the new L&F location at the Tanager building at 1030 5th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
Longtime pantry volunteer, Ruth Quisling, and Pastor Roger Grandia hand out food on the final day at the Mission House. The video documents the final days and weeks of this incredible volunteer effort while working out of the Mission House.
Lines formed quickly on the final day at the Mission House.
Loaves & Fishes relies on donations of all kinds. Buffalo Ridge Orchard donated 250 pounds of apples in October.
Volunteers pray before opening the doors to clients-a weekly ritual.
Loaves & Fishes is an equal opportunity provider, please click link for full USDA non-discriminatory statement.
Volunteers from Loaves and Fishes say thank you to the HACAP staff with a plaque crafted by Al Boyden. Much of the food distributed at Loaves and Fishes is provided by HACAP.
HACAP worker unloads a shipment of fresh produce for the pantry.