What does the Loaves and Fishes organization do?

Loaves and Fishes provides a free hot meal every Thursday. Everyone is welcome. 

Who is eligible to receive Loaves & Fishes meals?

All are welcome at this free community meal.  No questions are asked of our guests.

What groups can be Sponsors of a weekly meal?

Loaves and Fishes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  Any group of citizens, either formal or informal, community or religious-affiliated, can become a sponsor.

How can my group become involved with Loaves & Fishes?

Your group can sponsor a meal or support a meal with a donation.  If you are part of a group that would like to become involved, please send an email to loavesandfishespagosa@centurytel.net 

How many volunteers are needed per weekly meal?

Usually 3 – 4 people are needed to cook on Wednesday morning prior to the Thursday meal and 10-15 on Thursday to finish cooking, set-up, serve, and clean-up.

If I don't belong to a group, how can I help?

Donated food needs to be picked up at City Market 3 times a week. Hot meals need to be delivered to home-bound persons every Thursday. Our volunteer coordinator would love to speak with you and help find a task that you would enjoy.

As a business, how can we support Loaves & Fishes?

Businesses can donate money, kitchen equipment or supplies to support our mission.  Donations are tax-deductible.

Who will be there to guide us through the event?

Our professional cook will be present to guide and assist you as will our volunteer coordinator.  There are also several community volunteers who help  by setting up/taking down the tables in the hall, preparing the beverages, readying the desserts and scraping the dishes.

What does Loaves and Fishes supply towards the meal?

Loaves and Fishes supplies the meat, bread and dessert for the meal, as well as a professional cook to assist you.

What is the cost to sponsoring groups?

The average cost to a sponsoring group is around $150/meal. Sponsors provide whatever additional food items are necessary to prepare/complete the meal e.g. diced tomatoes, onions, beans,etc.

How does a sponsoring group know how many meals to prepare?

At this time of year, the average number of meals prepared is around 250.

How does a sponsoring group know what to cook?

Our professional cook will guide your with this.  allrecipes.com is an excellent resource when preparing food in large quantities.  Also, a volunteer is in the process of compiling a selection of successful recipes.

Where is the food cooked and served?

The food is prepared and served in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Lewis Street in downtown Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 

Can sponsors do some of the food preparation at home?

All food must be prepared in a kitchen licensed by the San Juan Basin Health Department.

Is completion of a Food Safety class a requirement for being a Sponsor?

It is preferred that as many of the sponsor's members as possible obtain safe food handling certificates.  Loaves and Fishes sponsors a free class in Pagosa at least once a year.  There is also an on-line option.  Please contact gwenbartley@live.com for more information.


What is the policy regarding To-Go Meals?

Guests who eat "in-house" may request up to 2 to -go meals after eating.  Guests who would just like to-go meals, up to 2, should come at 1:00 pm and they will be accommodated if food is still available.

What is the best way to understand what Loaves and Fishes is all about?

The best way is to come to the Parish Hall on Lewis Street on a Thursday morning and see for yourself what is going on.  If you contact us, we would be happy to accompany you and members of your group.

How old do you have to be to volunteer at Loaves and Fishes?

Volunteers must be at least twelve years old to work at Loaves and Fishes.

What are the dress requirements for volunteers?

For safety reasons, no open-toed shoes are permitted. Tank tops are not  acceptable dress and those serving food must wear a head covering and tie long hair back.