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Who we are:

Loaves and Fishes is an outreach ministry of Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish providing direct service to the needy and homeless in the Berkeley-Oakland area.  Any community member who would like to prepare and/or serve meals to the homeless is welcome to participate.  All expenses with receipts are reimbursed.   Volunteers must be at least high school age, and must sign up for all events in advance.

Loaves and Fishes Steering Committee meets on the 2nd Wed. of every month at 7:30 PM in Newman Hall.  All are welcome to participate.  Please RSVP to attend. 

 

Loaves & Fishes provides the following direct services to those in need:
Community Dinner every 1st Saturday from 4-7 PM.

Hospitality Night at the Men’s Shelter every 1st Monday.

Breakfasts & dinners at the Women’s Shelter on various Saturdays & Sundays

What we do:

Community Dinner every 1st Saturday from 4-7 PM.

  • A sit-down, family style dinner for 100 guests (including children) and 90 meals-to-go bags for the overflow group.
  • Volunteers prepare food, cook, serve food, host tables, and clean up.
  • Preparations for the dinner are on Sat. mornings of the 1st Saturday weekend.

Schedule of activities:

  • 8 AM-Noon: preparing food
  • Noon-4 PM: preparing food & cooking
  • 1-5 PM Patio Crew: set-up chairs, coffee bar, check-in guests, etc.
  • 5:30-5:50 PM Entertainment provided by Volunteers
  • 4-7 PM Saturday: serving guests, hosting tables (14), cleaning-up

Hospitality Night at the Men’s Shelter every 1st Monday.  Volunteers share: conversation, pizza, salad, dessert, & punch with 40-60 guests.

Breakfasts & dinners at the Women’s Shelter on various Saturdays & Sundays

  •  Volunteers prepare a full breakfast for about 35 guests, including children
  • Preparation begins promptly at 6 AM and service ends by 7 AM
  • Dinner preparations begin at 6 PM, and service ends around 7:30 PM
  • Volunteers prepare and serve a meal for about 35 guests, including children
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How can I volunteer:

Community Dinner:

Please use the following link to sign up for available volunteer spots.

 

 

The following volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment or willingness to be a Substitute On-Call.

Men's Shelter

For Substituting & info contact Mary Greene

Women's Shelter

For Substituting & info contact Joe Burns

How can I help financially:

Your financial support for Loaves & Fishes is also needed.

+ Write a check payable to Loaves & Fishes, send to:

Loaves & Fishes, Newman Hall
2700 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

+ Donate online at Newman’s Donation page.   Click on the "Show more Flexible Frequency" button, then enter an amount in the LOAVES & FISHES field and specify if it is one time or a monthly.

Thank you for supporting Loaves & Fishes, Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish.