What is Loaves and Fishes?

Loaves and Fishes is a joint project between Vinnies and Mary Queen of the Family, Blacktown, which provides conversation and food parcels to locals who are experiencing rough times, struggling to keep food on the table and generally unable to make ends meet. Food parcels include pantry staples to help families put a meal on the table, with a focus on healthy breakfasts and budget conscious meals that can feed small to large families.

Who can access this service?

The services offered by Loaves and Fishes are available to residents of the following Local Government Areas: Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith, Blacktown, Holroyd, Parramatta, and The Hills.  Food assistance is offered once per month, with Emergency Bag’s available to people in between these times if essential. To receive food assistance identification with an address is required.

Where is the service located?

Loaves and Fishes is situated inside the Mary Queen of the Family Church, St Patrick’s Church at 51-59 Allawah St, Blacktown. The service is located to the right of the car park, next to the car park entrance to the Church. It operates between 10am – 2pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and is closed for 4 weeks over the Christmas/ New Year period.

Who benefits from Loaves and Fishes?

Loaves and Fishes began in support of the local community and has spread to recently include seven Local Government Areas in Western Sydney. As the name suggests, the Loaves and Fishes aims to help provide food staples for people experiencing hardship in the areas covered.

Can I volunteer for this service?

Yes, Loaves and Fishes are always welcoming to new volunteers. An application and National Criminal History Check must be completed in order to secure a volunteer role with the service.

How can I find out more about Loaves and Fishes?

For more information, contact Vinnies Western Sydney on (02) 8861 9700 or email parradio@vinnies.org.au