Mobile Loaves & Fishes began when five parishioners of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas boldly answered God’s call to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Alan Graham and his friends began delivering meals out of the back of a minivan to men and women they found living on the streets of their city. Alan readily admits that their original paradigm of serving the homeless had some flaws, but with the help of a formerly homeless man, they perfected the model that we successfully use today.
That first trip was in September of 1998; by December of that year there was enough money to purchase a 1997 Ford F-250 pick-up truck with a catering bed.
Since that first truck run, teams of volunteers have served meals with a side of hope to the homeless and working poor on the streets of Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Providence, Rhode Island; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. To date, Mobile Loaves & Fishes has served over 4 million meals, and with the support of more than 18,000 volunteers, we are the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin.
Today, in addition to continuing our truck ministry, we have expanded to include our Community First! Housing Program and the Community Works Program.
Please join us in feeding, loving, and helping those men and women who need it most.