Thursday, August 31, 2023

As we start to see leaves turning, we are happy to offer a large assortment of fruits and vegetables from area farms and gardens! Please come by on Tuesdays from 4-6 or Thursdays from 12-2. If you would like to learn if you qualify, please call 860-824-7232 Tuesday through Thursday. Here is a sample of what we have today!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


We invite you to take a look as we thank all of our wonderful donors and volunteers.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Welcome to BETTY, the Mobile Medical Unit!

Happy Spring! We're to happy to see flowering plants starting to peek through the ground at Pilgrim House and can't wait for our gardens to come alive and greet our clients.

Even more exciting, we're thrilled to announce that Community Health and Wellness's Mobile Medical Unit, "BETTY", will be in our parking lot at 30 Granite Avenue in North Canaan every Thursday beginning March 17th from 10am-1pm. The medical team will be here before and during our food distribution for the convenience and benefit of Fishes and Loaves clients and the general public. While appointments are NOT necessary, they are suggested in order to reserve a specific time with the medical staff. Please see the below flyer for the full range of services that will be available to you.

We greatly appreciate Community Health and Wellness's interest in being here for our clients on a regular basis. WELCOME, BETTY!

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving!

We're happy to report that we will be receiving a good supply of turkeys and all the fixins' for Thanksgiving dinner from Connecticut FoodShare  this year. In addition, Bill Anstett has again reached out to us and will have more turkeys and chickens available to us through the Sunday in the Country Drive- the years'-long institution supported by many generous area donors. We are also thrilled that once again the thoughtful folks  from Northwest Community Kitchen Volunteers will be baking an assortment of mouth-watering pies  for distribution. to enjoy.

Our clients are being asked to sign up in advance for either a turkey or chicken so that we have enough to serve everyone. 

Please note that our hours Thanksgiving week will be Monday from 12 -2 and Tuesday from 4-6. Turkeys will be distributed both days.

 We are very thankful for the many blessings we enjoy.   -HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Season's Finale for the Community Garden

The last herbs from the Canaan Town Garden are being harvested as we head into Halloween weekend. The creation of our volunteer, Catie Aakjar, the garden just ended its second year and is being put to bed over the weekend. Thank you to Catie, Denise and Ron Dower and the many others that helped with their sweat equity and monetary donations. We are also grateful for the Green Pastures Grant made through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation that helped purchase plants, mulch and equipment.  Hats off to the local garden centers that contributed plants for the garden!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Our Volunteer Gladys Wilcox Receives Award

 The highlight of our summer was celebrating our volunteer manager, Gladys Wilcox, who was honored by the North Canaan Lions Club in August. Chapter President John Mahoney presented Gladys with the Rose Amanda Freeman Award for her outstanding community service at a dinner on August 12th at Pilgrim House. We couldn't be prouder of Gladys for her dedication, organizational skills and  performance of the many tasks that must be completed to keep Fishes and Loaves in operation. Congratulations and thank you, Gladys!

Below our director, Louise Riley, congratulates Gladys, who displays her award.

                      Gladys displays her medal

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Pilgrim House Flower Garden in Bloom

Our garden is thriving in its second year with plants donated by volunteers. Pat Graf takes loving care of it by  planting, weeding and watering.


Thursday, July 8, 2021

Selfless Service to the Community Award

Gladys Willcox, Volunteer Manager of Fishes and Loaves Pantry, has been selected to receive the Rose Amanda Freeman Award from the Canaan Northwest Lions Club for selfless service to the community. Canaan NW Lions Club President John Mahoney and Treasurer Valerie Crane are pictured notifying Gladys of the award in late June. A banquet is being planned for August 12th at Pilgrim House in North Canaan. Gladys is one of three recipients to be honored that evening.

Gladys Willcox with Canaan NW Lions Club President John Mahoney and Treasurer Valerie Crane.


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Pantry now open for in-person food selection

On May 4th we re-opened Pilgrim House to our Patrons!

We are happy to announce that on May 4th patrons of Fishes and Loaves were again permitted to enter Pilgrim House to select their own food. Due to COVID-19 concerns we provided “curbside only” pickup from mid-March of last year until now.

Patrons that prefer not to enter Pilgrim House may continue to pick-up “curbside” boxes, put together by our volunteer staff. In addition, those individuals unable to come to the pantry because of health issues or lack of transportation will continue to receive boxes delivered to their homes.

Safety Protocols: Strict safety protocols have been implemented that include wearing a face mask at all times if you are not fully vaccinated, sanitizing hands upon entry and maintaining a safe social distance. There is a limit of three individuals allowed in the distribution room at any one time to maximize social distancing. We also encourage patrons to move quickly and not fraternize with other clients while inside the building to minimize contact and maximize efficient distribution and consideration of others.