Loaves & Fish

Loaves and Fish is a weekly feeding ministry providing a free hot meal, food pantry, worship service, educational assistance, clothing room and medical clinic to those in need each Saturday.  Begun in 1994, Loaves & Fish serves from 250 - 375 guests weekly. 

Hours for guests
Meal & Food Pantry | 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location | lower level of our 116 NE Perry bldg in Wesley Hall

Worship | 10:25 am to 11:25 am
Location | lower level of our 116 NE Perry bldg

Since 1994, over 30,000 different volunteers have given their time to the Loaves and Fish ministry.  Volunteers represent a variety of faith, and civic organizations, as well as individuals with a desire to serve. 

What to know about volunteering: 

  • The volunteer shift runs from 9:30 am - 2:00 pm every Saturday
  • Volunteers are expected to stay for the entire shift
  • Volunteers need to be adults or have adult supervision
  • A light lunch is served to volunteers before the free meal is served to guests 
  • Volunteers will be assigned a variety of duties

How to volunteer


Complete this on-line form or call the church office at 309-673-3641 Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Our food sources are numerous. In addition to food received from the Midwest Food Bank, much of the food (unused or close dated products) is picked up each week by Heart of Illinois Harvest volunteers from grocery stores, restaurants and schools. Loaves and Fish also accepts donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries for our guests to take home. Volunteers work during the week, taking in, warehousing and organizing donations.

For questions or to learn other ways to get involved, contact Dan Philips, Coordinator of Community Ministries and Missions, at dphilips@fumcpeoria.org .