Loaves and Fishes

In Mecklenburg County, the number of families who need help putting food on the table has decreased dramatically this year. That's according to Loaves and Fishes, which operates 20 food pantries in Mecklenburg County.

At the Loaves and Fishes food pantry near Statesville Avenue this week, families filled up carts with grains, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, and - with the loudest clang - a large turkey. 

Executive Director Beverly Howard says the pantries are on pace to hit a major milestone. And this year, for a change, it's a good thing.

Michael Tomsic

Thousands of Charlotte families are eating a Thanksgiving meal that was provided by food pantries. Beverly Howard is the director of the 19 Loaves and Fishes pantries in Mecklenburg County. Howard said they gave out close to 1,000 turkeys on Wednesday alone.

"The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for Loaves and Fishes," Howard said. "When you think about holidays, Thanksgiving is about sharing a meal, so more people need help Thanksgiving week than any other time."

Michael Tomsic

Poverty is one the rise in the Carolinas. The Census Bureau announced Thursday morning that almost 100,000 more people were driven into poverty last year in North and South Carolina.