Empowerment Program

A local organization aiming to end hunger is broadening their reach with a new initiative.

It’s been eight months since Duncan Ward, Director of Empowerment Programs, has spearheaded the new client engagement model for Loaves and Fishes.

Since then, the not-for-profit has extended their services, adding in on-site programs like english language classes, computer classes and emotional support for their clients.

“We want to make a stronger impact on peoples lives that can last a long term. We just don’t want to give someone food, we want to really think, here’s another service where a year from now you might not need Loaves and Fishes and we want to impact people in that way,” said Ward.

The volunteer based programs consist of a 30-minute conversation to begin with, this helps the staff get a better understanding of what option will make the most impact for each client.

Nearly 350 families have already been reached through this new model.

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