The Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc. (MLF) program began in 1998 as an outreach ministry at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.
It was founded on the guiding principle of "providing permanent, sustainable solutions for the chronically homeless, with compassion, love, and
dignity." From its humble beginnings with six St. John Neumann parishioners who delivered 75 sack lunches per day, Mobile Loaves & Fishes
has grown into a nation-wide movement that includes 16 meal trucks and 17,208 volunteers in Massachusetts,
Minnesota, Rhode Island, and
Texas. To date, the Austin-based MLF program and its affiliates have served over 4.4 million meals.
In 2006, the St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church Mobile Loaves & Fishes core team approached St. Francis of Assisi parishioners with a
proposal for establishing a new MLF ministry. The promise of seed money and organizational support was bolstered by the Austin-based MLF
program's donation of a catering truck. Recognizing the plight and ever-growing problem of
hunger in the San Antonio area, St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church excitedly joined the MLF ministry in January 2007.
The initial St. Francis of Assisi call for volunteers brought over 500 parishioners into the ministry. In the intervening years, the MLF ministry has
involved over 450 parishioners and other volunteers from area businesses, churches, and civic groups including: Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Newcomers of San Antonio, NuStar Energy L. P., and the San Pedro Presbyterian Church. From an initial goal of serving
only supper seven days a week, the MLF program expanded to include lunch and supper every day of the week. The program provides various services
to 27 San Antonio area locations, including Christian Assistance Ministry, Guadalupe Community Center, Haven for Hope, Madonna Neighborhood
Center, refugee communities near the Medical Center, and several parishes on the East, South, and West sides.
In September 2016, our Mobile Loaves & Fishes program completed the organizational transition of changing its parent sponsor from MLF Austin to
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. In effect, MLF has become a ministry under the umbrella of our existing parish. The dedication, hard work,
and tireless efforts of the St. Francis of Assisi and other area MLF volunteers have enabled our ministry to serve a total of 685,038 meals from 2007
through December 2019.
These are some of the "routine jobs" done by St. Francis of Assisi MLF volunteers:
picking up San Antonio Food Bank orders,
collecting bakery food donations,
delivering prepared meals,
assisting with the maintenance of the catering truck, and
sorting / organizing clothing, toiletry, other donated items, etc.
The St. Francis of Assisi Mobile Loaves & Fishes ministry has adopted the following mission statement:
"to provide food, clothing, and dignity to our
brothers and sisters in need."
To keep Mobile Loaves & Fishes thriving, we need your prayers, effort, and monetary support. To view the August 2013 News4SanAntonio report on our
ministry, click Mobile Loaves & Fishes - Feeding People in Need . For additional videos and news reports on MLF, please visit our Publicity page.
To volunteer for any of the MLF "routine jobs, please visit the Volunteer Now! page or contact Julie Mellin via email [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] .
If you want to explore other ways to support the MLF ministry, click this Donate Now! link.
For additional information on the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Mobile Loaves & Fishes program, contact the MLF Core Team
via email [ email@example.com ] .