Nourish Up Serves Highest Number of Neighbors in 48-Year History

In 2023, Nourish Up (Formerly Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays) provided groceries to 137,806 people – the highest in our 48-year history.

Almost half were children and seniors.

This is a 29% increase over the 106,000 we served in 2022. The highest number previously served was in 2012 at the height of the recession – a then record breaking 126,000 people.

Additionally, we delivered 128,261 medically tailored meals through our Meals on Wheels program.

This dramatic increase in demand is not only a result of higher food, fuel and housing costs but also cuts to several pandemic era federal programs this past year. “We are now seeing the impacts of these cuts as families struggle to put food on the table,” says CEO Tina Postel.

Our grocery home delivery program, which began in 2020 in response to the pandemic, served 24,034 people by delivering a week’s worth of groceries directly to the door of neighbors in need.