Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is seeking the support of local businesses and civic groups. You can help by joining our "30 for 30" campaign! Run a food drive for 30 days to support our 30 years of service to our communities. Loaves & fishes serves the local towns of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley.

We are asking businesses and organizations to select a month in the calendar year to support us with a food drive. Loaves & Fishes has seen a 42 percent increase in demand since 2007 and a 10 percent increase last year alone. We need the assistance of the entire community to help us maintain our care of these families.

The increased need is being driven, in part, by the growing number of people struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living, from food to utilities, say pantry representatives.

"The face of hunger is changing, and Loaves & Fishes is seeing more and more people come to us for help. During 2012 we welcomed 332 new families to the Pantry." Patty Stern, executive director for the food pantry, said in a statement. "Many of these new families report having been comfortable middle class income families and now, one or both wage earners are unemployed or underemployed."

In fact, 57 percent of all of Loaves & Fishes clients are in that situation with another 31 percent either retired or disabled.


They struggle with the challenges of keeping their homes from foreclosure, heating their homes, and feeding their children. That is why Loaves & Fishes is reaching out to local businesses to sign-up for a month-long food drive to help all of these people at their most vulnerable time.

Loaves & Fishes can provide guidelines for running a food drive including providing signage, scheduling a tour of the pantry, or a speaking engagement. We can assist in picking up the food once it's collected if need be.

Loaves & Fishes will also look to promote those companies that support us in our "30 for 30" campaign. The spring and summer months are our most critical for support. We ask that companies contact our Drives Coordinator at drives@loavesfishespantry.org or call 978-772-4627 for more information.