“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

Isaiah 61:1

Who we are.

Loaves and Fishes gives food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, and speaks the Gospel to everyone who enters our doors.

While we temporarily satisfy people’s basic needs, our true purpose is to provide them with the permanent answer to their problems: Jesus Christ. In John 6:35, Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

It is our goal for every person who steps into our building to be saved, healed, and delivered! We pray for sickness and disease, and command debt and financial pressures to dissolve. Many people leave our building positively changed, built up in faith, and trusting God for their situation to improve.

Al & Connie

Al and Connie Poncel have been involved with Loaves & Fishes since late 1988. Al worked here for 3 years in the early 90’s. After graduating from the School of the Local Church here in Tulsa, and finishing his studies at Covington Theological Seminary, he served on a church staff for 21 years as Director of Missions & Outreach, Director of Church Ministries, and Associate Pastor. Al returned in 2014 to Loaves & Fishes as the Administrative Director and became Executive Director in July 2016.  Connie is a photographer and graphic designer, supporting the ministry behind the scenes.

Steve

In 2016, Steve Worden joined our staff to help start a thrift store ministry as an extension of Loaves & Fishes. He now serves as Director of Turning Point Thrift Store.  Steve brings many years of retail experience.  He’s also a graduate of The School of the Local Church. Steve has a love for God and a desire to see people changed by the Word of God.

Stephanie

Stephanie Reno is a 2012 graduate of John Brown University with a degree in marketing and a minor in illustration. In May 2016, she graduated from Rhema Bible Training College. Stephanie oversees our partner donations and deposits as well as our accounting system. She also assists with and ministers in our guest meetings. She is an accomplished artist having illustrated two children’s books.

Our Founders

Milo Reno founded Loaves & Fishes with his wife, Marian,  in the fall of 1983 after hearing the Lord say, “Help them.” They began feeding people physically and spiritually that Christmas. Over the years, thousands of people have been touched by the ministry of Loaves & Fishes. Milo went home to be with the Lord July 3, 2016. He laid a strong foundation for the ministry and the work he began is moving solidly forward. Marian continues to be involved with the ministry, serving with her sweet spirit those who come needing prayer and encouragement in the Word.

What we do.

We are making a difference.

Our mission.

To alleviate suffering of impoverished families by offering charitable assistance and The Good News at home and abroad while demonstrating the unconditional love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Our purpose.

It is our goal for every person who steps into our building to be saved, healed, and delivered! We pray for sickness and disease, and command debt and financial pressures to dissolve. Many people leave our building positively changed, built up in faith, and trusting God for their situation to improve.

Day to day.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday Loaves & Fishes opens its doors, welcoming the line of people waiting outside. Friendly volunteers register the guests. A hot meal is served from our ministry kitchen. After eating, guests move to a comfortable seating area where Al or Stephanie welcome them and offer a short Bible study. An invitation to receive Jesus is always given, and we pray with anyone who needs healing or simply needs prayer.

Backstage in the warehouse, 10 to 20 volunteers arrive around 10:00 a.m. to put food boxes together and set up for the arrival of 30 to 100 guest families. It’s a big project and requires the help of many hands. We provide guests with a box of groceries, bread, frozen meat, and personal care items.

What we’ve been up to lately…

Newsletter

How you can help.

We need volunteers on

Monday and Wednesday from 10am – 2pm;

and Saturday from 9am – 1pm.

We would love to have you join us in ministering to the Spirit, Soul, and Body of people in need in our community. Here are ways to help:

    • Help prepare and serve the hot meals we offer.
    • Greeting and talking to our guests is a vital part of helping to make them feel at home. It’s a great time to minister to and pray with people
    • Help with registration of the 30 to 100 families coming each day.
    • Bagging bulk food items.
    • Sort package goods we get from the Community Food Bank.
    • Box up the basic items of food we distribute.
    • Assist in the Bible study meeting, passing out Bibles, praying with people.
    • Help our elderly and disabled guests by carrying groceries to their cars.
    • Once a month help with assembling the newsletter for mailing.
  • Special projects: cleaning the offices, painting walls, sweeping and mopping the warehouse, cleaning the freezers, and helping with inventory.

We also welcome business, organization, church, and home school groups to come outside our normal hours to help with special projects. Please contact us to arrange a special volunteer day for your organization!

Expansion 2017

The number of people coming to Loaves & Fishes for help has increased to the point where we must expand the meeting room and upgrade the kitchen to a full commercial kitchen.
Our goal is to be open more days to serve breakfast, lunch and minister the Gospel. We envision offering counseling and classes. We want to reach out to more families in need in our area. The estimated cost to complete this remodel is around $53,000. Our goal is to have the project completed by the end of summer. Finances are still needed to fund this critical project. If you would like more information, please call the business office.

Need help?

General Info

SPECIAL DAYS & HOURS FOR SEPTEMBER (due to remodel)
Mondays & Wednesdays:  arrive between 11:00am – 12Noon to receive grocery assistance. Closed Labor Day.
Saturdays:  arrive between 10-11am to receive grocery assistance.

Once the remodel is complete we’ll return to our regular hours.
OPEN Mondays & Wednesdays

    • FREE Lunch Served 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
    • Food Distribution at 12:00 noon.
    • Expect to be at the ministry until 1:30 p.m.

OPEN Saturdays

    • FREE Breakfast is served 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
    • Grocery assistance provided after breakfast.
    • Expect to be at the ministry until noon.

PLEASE NOTE: First time guests must arrive by 12:00 noon on Monday & Wednesday; 10:00 a.m. on Saturday to complete necessary paperwork.
Occasionally we are closed for special occasions – see the “Holiday Schedule” or call our information line at (918) 234-8577 for current information.

What to bring

For your first visit you will need to bring:

  • Government form of identification: Social Security card or valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of residence: rent statement, utility bill, etc. The food we provide requires that you can store it (refrigerator and/or freezer) and have the means to cook it (stove or microwave).
  • After your first visit you will need a government issued ID. If your place of residence changes, you will need to bring a proof of residence with the new address.

Holiday Schedule

We’ll update this space when we get closer to the holidays.

Turning Point Thrift Store

In May 2016, we officially opened Turning Point Thrift Store, a 501(c)3 organization, in the building next to Loaves & Fishes. The store serves a three-fold purpose: to meet the immediate need of a Loaves & Fishes guest; provide a source of affordable items to the community; raise additional income so Loaves & Fishes can serve more people.

We accept clothing, books, household items, furniture, working appliances.

DONATIONS RECEIVED:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 9am – 2pm at the Thrift Store warehouse, 11403c E 19th St, Tulsa.
We can also arrange to schedule a pickup time for larger items. Donations are tax deductible and a tax receipt is available.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  Every Friday & Saturday from 10am – 3pm. Our Facebook page is continually updated with pictures of new merchandise. facebook.com/turningpointstore.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

      • Helpers are needed Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. Choose the time that works with your schedule and contact Steve at 918.234.8574 to volunteer in any of these areas:
            • pick up product
            • sort donations
            • work the days we’re open to the public.
      • Donate unwanted items you may have laying around the house.
      • Tell others about the thrift store and encourage them to donate items!

Give.

“Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.”
Psalms 41:1

Loaves and Fishes Ministries is a not-for-profit corporation. All contributions are tax deductible.

To mail check or money order, send to:
Loaves and Fishes Ministries
P.O. Box 33155
Tulsa, OK 74153

Contact

Loaves and Fishes Ministries
11321 E 19th St Tulsa, OK ‎ 74128

Information (918) 234-8577
Business Offices (918) 234-8574

MINISTRY SCHEDULE

Loaves & Fishes

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS
FREE Lunch served 11-11:45 am
Food Distribution 12 noon
Expect to be at the ministry until 1:30 pm

SATURDAYS
FREE Breakfast served 10-10:45 am
Grocery assistance provided after breakfast
Expect to be at the ministry until noon.

Turning Point Thrift Store
SATURDAYS 10am – 3pm