Hot Meals at Veterans Park

Not your average church kitchen

5Loaves2FishNMI is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Michelle and Bill White. Michelle tells how it came to be.

“I met Melissa in 2017. She came to my Art and Soul North table at Central United Methodist Church every week. We became friends and I learned how much she cares for the people in her community, particularly her friends on the street. She knows that life. She has been there.

In March, 2020, when everything shut down due to Covid-19, many of the services available to our outreach folds started to dwindle. Melissa called me in a panic, saying ‘We need to feed our people.’ We started cooking, loaded up the car, and went to meet Melissa. We met in parking lots and passed the food to her to deliver. She knew where to go.

It is because of Melissa that 5Loaves2Fish is here. Never underestimate the power of love! Thank you Melissa.”

We soon learned that many in our community are often hungry. Forty percent of the population of Leelanau County battles hunger or food insecurity on a regular basis. Quickly a small group of dedicated volunteers and supporters stepped in to help – and they have not stopped.

“We take meals to shut-ins in Leland just to bring them a little connection and a friendly face. We are informed of individual Leelanau County families in need by a network of teachers and we also coordinate our food outreach with the Northwest Food Coalition of Traverse City,” says Michelle.

Homemade Hot meals served:

  • Mondays 5pm at Veterans Park (year round), 11th St. and Elmwood Ave. Traverse City, Mi
  • Mondays 6pm at Safe Harbor (November – April) 517 Wellington St. Traverse City, MI
  • Thursdays are meal and grocery pick up and delivery to families from Leland Community Methodist Church, 106 4th St. Leland, MI
Volunteering is rewarding and fun!

Volunteer Hours:

Mondays: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or 5:00 to 9:00 pm (at Safe Harbor)

Wednesdays:11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Thursdays: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Note: volunteers are not required to volunteer all the hours but it is best to come at 11:00 if possible, this way we can distribute jobs for all.