Our Mission

5Loaves2FishNMI is an outreach group that promotes social justice by providing nourishing meals, infused with love, to those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness. We feed people.

Many hands prepare each meal. Every week volunteers come together to create, with love, delicious meals intended to nourish not only bodies; but hopefully a few souls as well. We believe giving good food is the ultimate gift of love and we love spreading love.

Community Outreach Coordinator at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City, Jane Lippert helped 5Loaves2FishNMI to reach the right people. Her church has several programs to serve the region’s vulnerable population.

Lippert told the Leelanau Ticker, “I knew we needed someone to help feed the community on Monday nights, and in came Michelle, a dreamer with the ability to make this come true. Her passion comes first, and then she finds the the mechanics.”

Lippert adds that of those they are currently serving meals to in the greater Grand Traverse region, approximately two-thirds are without housing, and one-third have housing but – because of financial insecurity and other factors such as depression, “any help they can get with meals is good.”

No questions are asked of anyone. “The big thing for us is to maintain dignity. You are in a circumstance. I don’t need to know your circumstance. I just want to be there to help you. I don’t care what your problem is.”

Michelle White