Through the Loaves & Fish program we reach out to the homeless, low-income, the lonely and people with other needs, serving them with nutritious meals in a warm and welcoming environment. Loaves & Fish teams serve a hot meal (usually a multi-course dinner) every Saturday evening here at Trinity Church. All are welcome. We do not income-qualify our guests, nor are we interested in their ID documents, race, ethnicity or religion. We do not charge. We simply welcome them, serve them dinner, and sit down and talk to them, ensuring they feel at home.
Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton founded this program in 1993 in response to a growing need in the Croton/Ossining community. It is called Loaves & Fish, inspired by Christ’s miraculous feeding of the multitudes. We have likely served over 100,000 meals, averaging 80-100 meals per week. In addition to the fulfillment of worshiping God through service to our brothers and sisters, we benefit from the fellowship and from the relationships developed between us who – from different backgrounds –
come together in love for the sake of God.
The program is supported by the parishioners of Holy Name of Mary, as well as federal grants and the Food Bank of Westchester. We also receive food donations from ShopRite and parishioners. Trinity Episcopal Church in Ossining provides dining and kitchen space. First Presbyterian Church of Ossining also offers their facility, which we use when Trinity has a space conflict. We have 11 cooking teams, many from Holy Name of Mary.
Additional volunteers often help with set up, serving and clean up. We have volunteers from all over Westchester County, both individuals and groups including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Religious Education classes and Hackley School.
Fiona Matthew, Maria Lenti and Kristen Zamora coordinate the program.
How you can help
Monetary donations are used to buy the ingredients that go into making our weekly dinners. We also need to replace some of the cookware we use, which has become very old and worn.
We like to hand out non-perishable food each week for our guests to take home with them. This can be donated by individuals or local vendors. We need people to solicit commitments from vendors.
New volunteers are welcome. A full team would include cooks and servers, about 12-15 people. Teams serve three or four times per year. We also need servers to help some of our existing cooking teams, particularly during summer months to cover for regulars who are on vacation.
Always welcome are people who make desserts or purchase non-alcoholic drinks for our dinners. These would need to be dropped off at Trinity Church on Saturdays.
All volunteer efforts and food donations need to be coordinated to prevent waste while ensuring we are fully covered. So please contact us ahead of time.
Trinity Church is at 7 South Highland Avenue. It is best to park in Trinity’s parking lot off Ellis Place as the stairs leading down to the kitchen entrance are easily accessed from the lot. Cooks arrive around 3PM. Servers arrive at 3:45PM. The meal is served at 5PM and clean up is finished by 6:15PM.
Contact: Fiona Matthew FionaFJH@gmail.com (914) 417-7873