Five Loaves Food Ministry
Denbigh also regularly provides volunteers to help with the Five Loaves Food Ministry, an effort feed the hungry in our community. Five Loaves collects food from various grocery stores and restaurants each day, and this food is distributed to the hungry. Hot meals are also regularly provided in this program. On the first Tuesday of each month USDA foods and meats are distributed. It takes many volunteers to sort, package, distribute and carry all this food for people, and we are pleased to be involved in a small way each month.
Five Loaves Food Pantry exists to serve the Hungry of the Virginia Peninsula. We accept people from all over the Peninsula and only ask that you be hungry in order to receive food. We have served people from Gloucester to Smithfield, but over 85% of the people we serve come from Newport News. At the end of July, 2015, of the 2,204 current families we served, only 42 do NOT qualify for Emergency Food Assistance by the USDA standards. That is less than 2% of our clients do NOT qualify for Emergency Food Assistance
In 2014, Five Loaves Food Pantry distributed food to over 50,000 individuals for under $18,500. Our total budget for 2014, was $800,000, only $18,000 was in cash. The rest was in kind contribution: over $570,000 in food alone, over 144 TONS of food was donated. Less than 3% of our budget is cash. So for every dollar donated we are able to do $40 worth of ministry.
We are a sustaining food pantry and as such see many families at least once a week; those with a more desperate need, i.e. homeless, we might see almost daily. Since we relocated to Olivet Christian Church in the Denbigh area of Newport News, we have increased the number of families we serve by 30%.
We are open Monday through Friday for Perishable Food Distribution from 11am until we run out of food. On Tuesday evening, from 5:30pm to 7pm, we serve a Hot Meal and distribute shelf stable groceries (for three meals) and meat. We receive food from Trader Joes, Food Lion, WaWa and Fort Eustis Commissary. We also partner with Panera, LongHorn Steakhouse, Little Caesars and Chick-fil-a for additional food products. In addition to our food distribution progrms, we also team up with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the home schooled for educational and hands on instruction regarding hunger, homelessness and food safety.