Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry gives food with kindness and compassion to anyone who seeks assistance while providing an opportunity for volunteers to help their neighbors.

There are a number of ways to support our mission with donations, as well as goods and services, and easy giving programs.

How things work at Loaves & Fishes

We are working to strengthen our community by combatting hunger.

What kind of food will I get?

Loaves & Fishes is happy to provide groceries for you two times each month. Each time someone visits Loaves & Fishes, they will receive a grocery cart (about 100 pounds) of fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, and dessert, milk, eggs, frozen meat, and a variety of canned and dried fruits, canned vegetables, and other shelf-stable foods like oil, cereal, pasta, and rice.

What to expect when you visit.

Groceries are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis three days a week—no appointment is needed. Tuesday's grocery pickup is by appointment only.

We invite you to come to the Pantry, follow the parking instructions, stay in your car, and wait for your groceries to be delivered to your vehicle.

Wednesdays: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Thursdays: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tuesdays: 4:00 – 7:00 PM*


How to Support Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Volunteer, Monetary Donations, Donate Food & Supplies

Loaves & Fishes relies on the support of 125 volunteers each week to help us inspect, sort, pack, and give out fresh produce, meat, bread, and shelf-stable commodity items. Shifts are offered six days each week and range in length from 90 minutes to four hours. Volunteers work alongside staff members, and training is provided at the start of each shift, so no prior experience is needed for any of our jobs.

People struggle with hunger right here in Charlottesville. Map the Meal Gap, a project of Feeding America, found that Charlottesville in 2021 had the highest level of food insecurity in our area, with 11.2% of the population as a whole unable to access enough healthy food each month, and child food insecurity at 12.1%.


The food Loaves & Fishes gives out comes from local groceries, farmers, orchards, food distributors, and food drives.  Donations include frozen meat, fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, baked goods, prepared foods and dairy.

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Nutritionist Corner

Staff members and registered dietitians Monica Davis and Samantha Van Dyke help sort and select the best foods when assembling groceries for our guests. They provide recipes and tips on ways to store and prepare, the food we provide. Monica writes a monthly newsletter that is included in each visitor’s bags of food. Monica and Samantha offer nutrition education activities at the Pantry.

We have answers to the many questions regularly asked by clients, volunteers and supporters on our FAQ page. If you do not find an answer to your query, please get in touch with us using the email form below.

Thank you for your participation and support.

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Great people there love that the young people are involved and so polite. these people help keep my tummy from growling, bless you all. 
A great place to volunteer where you are really helping people. 
I just want to thank you for all of the help I received y'all are extremely nice and helpful. Very friendly atmosphere and staff. May god bless y'all.

This was my 1st experience and I am blown away. They did everything! They collected, and loaded everything! Even got books for my grandbabies and a cake to help celebrate my grandson's birthday! These things matter! Especially when life hasn’t been easy on you. Just remember to bring your bags. Definitely an amazing resource for our community! Thank you so much❤️.

This place caters to your family's needs well beyond just giving you food. They accommodated lactose-free and gluten-sensitive family members. Fresh fruit platters, racks of ribs, ground beef... On top of it all. The lady there (wish I got her name) gave me the prettiest flower bouquet. I had told her about my son's accident and the reason my family found themselves in need of assistance. Not once did I feel like I was any less of a person and they really made themselves available and got to you fast and yet didn't make you feel rushed. Good job God bless … and I'm sure they could use all the extra help in food donations and money. Oh, I forgot. They even gave my dog some food. These guys are a godsend… please if you can give to loaves and fishes if you are in need of a bit of help. These guys are the place to get it from.

This a wonderful place that has helped me a lot of times when I was in crisis or had no money at all to put food on the table. If, you need assistance when things are not going your way and you have a way of putting food on the table. Go to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. They will help you you never will go hungry. GOD Bless this organization and the volunteer staff.

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Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
2050 Lambs Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901


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    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Loaves & Fishes offers food from the US Department of Agriculture's Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Anyone whose total household income is 185% or less of the Federal Poverty Level can receive TEFAP food from Loaves & Fishes and other food pantries.

    Any household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid is eligible to receive TEFAP food at Loaves & Fishes.


    Senior Food Box Program:
    Senior Food Boxes contain food obtained from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) that is then packed by volunteers at the Food Bank, along with nutrition education and recipe cards. This is the USDA’s only program that specifically targets low-income seniors and is open to individuals aged 60 and over with incomes at or below the current 130% federal poverty guidelines.

    Each month, qualified area seniors at least 60 years of age visiting Loaves & Fishes receive a 300-pound box of shelf-stable foods, such as milk, juice, cereal, rice or pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, canned meat, poultry, or fish, canned fruits and vegetables, and a two-pound block of cheese, in addition to the fresh and shelf-stable food we give all households.

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    Loaves & Fishes does not share any information regarding our clients with anyone other than what we are required to report annually to the USDA.

    USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint Form and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

    Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    1. Mail:
      U.S. Department of Agriculture

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
    2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
    3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.