COVID-19 RESPONSE

Working through this challenging COVID-19 pandemic, Loaves and Fishes Ministries will focus on our core essential functions to keep our shelter guests, clients, employees, and volunteers safe.  We will temporarily pause some of our programs allowing us to increase services in other areas. 

Starting immediately our emergency shelter will be open 24 hours a day – every day.  Individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness are encouraged to contact us at 719.275.0593 if they are in need of shelter.   

Grab and Go Meals are available to all who are experiencing homelessness and can be picked up daily at 6:15am and 6:15pm.   

Showers are available for those who are sleeping outside on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am – 2pm.  Showers are accessed through our pantry door.  Towels and personal hygiene items are available.   

Our reception area is open Monday – Thursday from 8am – 4pm.  Face masks are required.  Families who need assistance with overdue utility bills (electric, gas, propane), rent, and/or need to register for a food box can call or stop in.     

Our clothing warehouse will be closed to shoppers.  We are currently unable to accept any clothing or household donations.  We continue to accept food donations.   

 Our food pantry remains open, but looks different.  Staff and volunteers will pre-pack food boxes.  Clients will drive to the rear of the building where a food box will be loaded into their vehicle.   

Our food pantry is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm.  

Families that are not clients can register and begin receiving food.  Registration is a simple process and can be completed over the phone by calling 719.275.0593.  

Every Thursday from 9am – 1pm anyone can pick up a Mystery Food Box.  Mystery Boxes consist of produce, dairy, bread, various frozen items, and other surprises.  You do not need to be a client of Loaves and Fishes Ministries to receive a Mystery Food Box.   

Mobile Food Pantry will continue to be on the 2nd Friday of each month from 11am – noon at the Mountain View Church – 200 Justice Center Road, Canon City. 

Senior Food Boxes will be distributed on 3rd Friday of each month from 11am – 2pm.  Registration is required, please call 719.275.0593 for details.   

 As always, Loaves and Fishes Ministries appreciates your support as we navigate this difficult time.  What a blessing it has been to see our staff, volunteers, and community stepping up during this time to ensure our community’s vulnerable citizens are cared for well.   

Many have asked how they can help – some of our immediate needs are: 

  • Paper products (plates, flatware, coffee cups) 
  • Bleach 
  • Coffee, sugar, and creamer 
  • Sleeping bags 
  • Small tents 

 May the Peace of God continue to guide us all!