Last newsletter for 2023

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Cultivate Charlottesville and the Urban Agriculture Collective

It was 3:30 in the afternoon on a Friday in early June when a tan pickup truck rolled into the parking lot of the Friendship Court Apartments. The truck belonged to Cultivate Charlottesville, a local non-profit that operates an urban farm program called the Urban Agriculture Collective. Inside the truck’s bed were neatly stacked bins of fresh produce.…

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Meet Loaves & Fishes Board Member Daniel Fairley

Loaves & Fishes Board member Daniel Fairley is passionate about social justice and equity, with a focus on service and action. His involvement in the Charlottesville community—Big Brothers, Big Sisters volunteer; member, and now President of 100 Black Men; and as Youth Opportunity Coordinator for the City of Charlottesville since 2017—has deepened his commitment. Daniel’s…

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Community Partner • All Blessings Flow

Annie Dodd, founder of medical equipment nonprofit All Blessings Flow said, “There was a need, and no one had really thought about filling it!”  Annie cared for her mom, who had polio as a teenager and post-polio syndrome in her last years, and required a lot of medical equipment. When her mother passed away, there was nowhere…

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Partner • Shelter for Help and Emergency

As the residential manager for Shelter for Help in Emergency, Andrea Domingue makes sure the shelter is operational and services are being provided. This includes ensuring that all clients and their children have sufficient nutritious food. Each year the Shelter provides safety and services for over 400 women and children experiencing domestic violence. While at…

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How L&F Partner PB&J Fund Pivoted During the Pandemic

March 2020 started out warm, following another mild Winter in the Piedmont. Speculation about a late snowstorm was beginning to fade while news about a new novel coronavirus was trending on social media. The growing threat of a global pandemic was as palpable as a gust of wind ahead of an approaching storm. Alex London-Gross,…

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Meet Monica Davis, RDN, Loaves & Fishes Nutritionist

Nutritionist Monica Davis, who joined Loaves & Fishes’ staff in 2020, has been enthralled with food her entire life.  Monica comes from a big Minnesota family and helped her mom, an excellent cook, prepare the family meals. When a dietitian from a local hospital spoke about her career in dietetics at Monica’s high school 4H meeting, Monica…

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Meet L&F Volunteer Coordinator, Tracy Arbaugh

Tracy Arbaugh has been an integral part of Loaves & Fishes over the past 10 years.  She first started by volunteering with her family on the first Saturday of each month when the pantry ran out of Jackson Via Elementary.  Three years later, the time requirements of her job as a preschool teacher offered the…

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Meet Volunteer Gaby Lohner

Gaby Lohner moved to Charlottesville in 2018 to work as a Research Assistant with Nudge4 Solutions Lab at the Curry School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Nudge4 works to help lower income students navigate barriers to higher education.  Gaby works closely with community colleges, especially PVCC, helping students navigate admission and financial support.  Katharine…

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Birthday Brigade

“I feel so much joy each time I sit down to create birthday greetings for our senior clients!  I clear the dining room table and bring out the supplies – cards, stickers, and pens.  I allocate about four hours to complete the cards for two weeks,” says Kate Wulf, a long-time volunteer at Loaves & Fishes.  Kate served as a Client…

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