Loaves and Fishes was founded in 1982 by Betty Anne Ford and Nancy Newell as a summer enrichment program for twelve 1st & 2nd grade children living in the Halifax Court federal housing community in downtown Raleigh, N.C. As the children began to make gains in reading and social skills, expansion funds were sought to make possible a year-round program that would enhance the children’s performance in the school classroom. The LAF staff believed that working closely with school personnel and providing daily, holistic support during the year would maximize the children’s chances for success.

Betty Anne and Nancy won a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and expanded Loaves and Fishes into a year-round comprehensive intervention program for grades K-2. They officially incorporated Loaves and Fishes as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1984.

As the original 12 children moved past 2nd grade and out of the program, their school performance dropped. They needed and wanted ongoing support! They were then matched with an adult friend to provide support. Over time, financial support grew until daily programs were in place for children as they progressed from kindergarten through high school. The “match” programs, which brought children and mentors together on a regular basis, were called Study Buddies (grades 3-5), Champs (grades 6-8) and Stars (grades 9-12).

The mission of Loaves and Fishes is to empower low-income K-12 youth and their families to overcome individual challenges in order to achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Core Competencies
After-School The After-School program takes place Monday through Thursday except when school is closed. During the after-school program, students receive: Academic assistance - includes assessment, remediation, help with homework, tutoring, and access to computers Healthy snacks Social skills training Relational support School supplies and backpacks Transportation service from school on LAF mini buses Opportunities for physical exercise and active games Opportunities to explore special interests Experiential learning opportunities Opportunities for career exploration Job Training Opportunities for spiritual development Family Support Services Each month we gather to support Loaves and Fishes families. Family Nights are held monthly to celebrate parents' and guardians' commitment to the children's success and to equip them with informational tools for a safe and healthy home life. After the meal, the adults attend a presentation or workshop on a topic that is critical to their children's well-being with topics ranging from effective budgeting to credit usage to gang prevention while the children are involved in fun activities that are also teaching them life skills. Family Support Also Includes: Emergency Transportation Family Christmas Party Budgeting and Goal Setting Crisis Intervention Advocacy and Referrals End-of-year Family Celebration – “Celebranza" Arrangements for summer programs, camps, and classes Help with college applications Senior class expenses College Visits Internships We also have Youth Social Groups led by Classroom Facilitators who meet once a month for each grade. They get together for outings and life skills activities. They help LAF staff to develop long-term relationships with the children that will help support them through their journey.
Contact info

1601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27610, USA

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