Loaves and Fishes

We respond to the Gospel call to feed the hungry...


“The poor are not just people to whom we can give something.  They have much to offer us and to teach us...They show us that people's value is not measured by their possessions or how much money they have in the bank.  A poor person, a person lacking material possessions, always maintains his or her dignity.  The poor can teach us much about humility and trust in God.”
                                                                                                                                                  - Pope Francis

  Easter Baskets for Children in Need

On Sunday March 19th, 4th and 5th grade students from Saint Anne’s School will hand out 400 Easter baskets to parishioners, who are asked to return them filled with Easter candy and other traditional Easter goodies to be given to neighboring parishes where they will be distributed to families in need.  In addition, we ask you to bring one jar of peanut butter or a box of cereal which will be given to each family receiving Easter baskets (The food items should be separate from the basket.)  

Easter baskets should be returned the following weekend or by April 2nd - they can be left in the Loaves and Fishes closets in the rear of the church (open from 7:00AM to 2:30PM all week) or at the parish office. 

All baskets will be delivered to the parish outreach centers on Monday morning, April 3rd so they will be available for distribution before Palm Sunday. 

If you did not receive a basket, you can still participate in this effort by bringing your own Easter basket full of Easter goodies (no loose or open bags of candy) and return it to the Loaves & Fishes closets by April 2nd.  In addition, we ask you to bring one jar of peanut butter or a box of cereal which will be given to each family receiving Easter baskets. (The food items should be separate from the basket.)

       Thank you for your support!



What is the Loaves & Fishes Ministry...

As people of faith, we are called to help those who are in need. We hope that everyone in Saint Anne’s Parish wants to have a part in this mission. Our primary objective is to help bring food to those who are unable to provide for their families. Each parishioner can be part of this mission by bringing food items to the LOAVES & FISHES CLOSETS located on the left of the main church entrance at the top of the stairs. The food items are taken to local parish outreach centers such as Saint Martha’s in Uniondale, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch and Saint Mary of the Isle in Long Beach, who then manage the process of getting food to those who need it. Our food collection continues every week throughout the year. With a significant number of people out of work due the current economic crisis, the importance of helping others has never been greater.

In addition to the weekly food drive, the Loaves & Fishes Ministry has other monthly projects including collecting winter coats, Thanksgiving & Christmas family dinners for about 300 families, and other seasonal efforts to help those in need. Each of these efforts is announced in the bulletin and on this page (please scroll down). For these efforts we need volunteers to take calls, to manage the collection process and volunteers to drive. We like to have a number of volunteers so that no one person is asked to commit more time than they are able. Please contact Linda Leone at 352-5904 or lindaleone@stannesgc.org for more information or to lend a hand.

Weekly Food Drive

Parishioners are openly invited to bring items of food to Saint Anne’s Church and deposit them in the Loaves and Fishes closets, located on the left side of the Church lobby.  Thanks to the generosity of our many food donors, we are able to deliver substantial amounts of food to various parish outreach centers which directly serve people who are poor and in need. Regular deliveries are made to Saint Martha’s in Uniondale, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt, St. Mary of the Isle in Long Beach and Our Holy Redeemer in Freeport. 

To view pictures from recent delivery dates, please click here.

Please place all food items in the Loaves and Fishes closets in the lobby of the Church.  On weekdays, the Church doors are open every day from 7:00AM - 2:30PM.  

At this time, the items most needed include:

Soup Cereal Tuna Fish
Pasta & Sauce Powdered Milk Rice
Red & Black Beans Baby Diapers (large sizes) Peanut Butter
Macaroni & Cheese Canned Vegetables Canned Fruit



Sixty-seven tote bags filled with gift items and toiletries for new moms who are facing serious challenges were delivered in time for Mother’s Day to the following sites:  Momma’s House in Wantagh, Bethany House and Mother of Good Counsel Home in Roosevelt and Catholic Charities Regina Residence (with thanks to Saint Anne’s MOMs for their ongoing support for the moms in this residence!)  Many thanks to Lilly Schwieger and her team of volunteers (Marie Fischer, Anthony Spera, Barbara McElroy, Flora Spera and Judy Keenan) for all their help.