Enfield Loaves and Fishes is more than just a soup kitchen for people who suffer from food insecurities. We have become a community space for many people affected by COVID 19. These people need meals, warm clothing, and direction for social services. Every day, they have to make difficult choices between paying for rent or medication, buying food for the family, or keeping the lights on.
Since 1983 Enfield Loaves and Fishes has served the community out of the basement of St. Andrews. The COVID pandemic has forced us to serve meals-to-go outside in order to follow all CDC guidelines and keep our neighbors, staff, and those in need safe.
Unfortunately, the weather is now changing and our space inside is not designed to minimize social contact. People would have to wait outside in the freezing temperatures and icy rain. In order to keep everyone safe, dry, and warm, we are moving to a new location. We have purchased the building at 23 North Main Street, across from Freshwater Pond on the corner of Church Street, the former Silvia's International Restaurant and Banquet Facility. The purchase along with the move is costly but desperately needed.
We need help with the renovations in order to bring the building up to safety codes. The building needs a new roof, updates to electrical and plumbing systems, new HVAC, Fire Suppression System, just to name a few. We also need to move our kitchen equipment and have it properly installed at the new location.
As 2020 draws near, we reflect on how difficult it has been for everyone. Enfield Loaves and Fishes is proud that we have been able to continue to make a difference to those people who’ve been hit really hard by this pandemic. We could not have done it without the hard work and kindness of our volunteers, community partners, and our generous donors who have supplied the funds to keep us feeding thousands each week. We want to send a special thanks to our repeat benefactors and their sustaining support as our work continues.
Please consider giving and helping us help others in our neighborhood.