Living On Purpose in Downtown Peoria

A Day in the Life of Loaves & Fish

25 Years of Loaves & Fish and Counting

Recently, Director of Community Ministries & Mission, Dan Philips, gave us a look at what it means to serve our community on a Saturday morning at Loaves & Fish. We're sharing the article here so that you can learn more about what it means to make a difference in our neighborhood with dozens of volunteers and scores of hungry, hurting, needful people.
Time flies when you're doing good things. It's incredible to think that our Loaves & Fish program has now served the hurting and hungry of our community for a quarter century. Click here to read the story and passion behind 25 years of serving, loving, and healing in the Name of Jesus.

Feeding, Supplies, and Caring For Those In Need

We choose to stay in Downtown Peoria because Jesus called us to this neighborhood.

Loaves and Fish is a weekly feeding ministry providing a free hot meal, food pantry, worship service, educational assistance, and medical clinic to those in need each Saturday.  A ministry that began in 1994, Loaves & Fish serves around 300 guests weekly. 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.

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.

The Loaves and Fish ministry takes place in the lower level of our campus on NE Perry Ave.

What to know about volunteering
  • The volunteer shift runs from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM every Saturday
  • Volunteers are kindly asked to stay for the entire shift
  • Volunteers must be adults, or have adult supervision if age 10 - 16
  • A light snack is served to volunteers before the free meal is served to guests
  • Volunteers will be assigned a variety of duties

Meal & Food Pantry | 11:30 AM - 1 PM

Medical Clinic | 10 AM - 1 PM

Worship | 10:30 - 11:30 AM

I'd Like to Volunteer!

Click below to go directly to our form to volunteer to serve at Loaves & FIsh, or to download the Volunteer Guideline pdf.