By Kent Berkley
The mission is simple, but the impact on the community is large. Loaves and Fishes of Door County, Inc. is an organization that provides hot meals to hungry individuals and families. It started in 2003 when a single church saw a need and began feeding a dozen people at a sitting. Now the non-profit organization is able to feed between a 130 and 140 hungry people per meal thanks to the strong support of more than a dozen local churches and community groups and the Door County Community Foundation which provides administrative assistance. Gary Hollman, Program Coordinator, says the program serves anyone who self-identifies as having a need.
Hollman says that in addition to serving greater numbers in general, the program has been much more successful in reaching out to families with young children. Loaves and Fishes usually provides meals on the first, third and fourth Fridays of the month.