Loaves & Fishes Ministries

Established in 1981 to serve the poor and homeless men, women & children in the
Greater Lansing Tri-Country area

Transitional Sheltering Services

  • Length of Stay –  24/7 Option
  • Serving Single Women with Children
  • Serving Single Men
  • Private Rooms Available

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Meal Providers
  • Evening Voulnteers
  • Overnight Voulnteers
  • See Our Volunteers page for more information!

From Inspiration to Vision

From Vision to Hope

From Hope to Reality


Loaves and Fishes Ministries opened its doors and began to offer services in the spring of 1981 in response to the critical need for shelter in our greater Lansing community.

In establishing the program the original five co-founders took inspiration from the social justice teachings of Jesus as exemplified by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

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Help Lansing’s Homeless:

Open Mic Poetry Reading Fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes

January 29th 4-6PM

On Sunday, January 29, from 4 to 6 PM, the public is invited to attend an in-person Poetry Fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes Ministries, You are invited to an in-person to raise funds for Loaves & Fishes Ministries, a nearly 42 yr old non-profit shelter program that annually provides approximately 13,140 emergency meals along with 4,380 emergency shelter beds, plus 2 longer term (24/7) transitional living homes in Lansing, MI. 

The fundraiser will take place in the Copper Chimney Lounge of the University United Methodist Church (UUMC), 1120 South Harrison Rd., East Lansing. The event is FREE and open to the public. All donations will go to Loaves & Fishes Ministries. Free parking is available behind the church.

Poets Joyce Meier and Cheryl Caesar will be the featured performers for the event. Their presentation will be followed by an Open Mic. Poets who wish to read a poem (3-5 min max) are invited to throw their names in the basket at the gate table. The theme for the reading is “Home/Homelessness/ or Shelter.”

Donations to Loaves & Fishes will be accepted throughout the event, either through cash/check or via the PayPal link for the Lansing Poetry Club, which is sponsoring the event:


Note: Although originally scheduled to take place online, the program will take place IN-PERSON at UUMC. See address above.

Celebrating L&F Success Stories

Loaves & Fishes Ministries Statement of Purpose

As Co-workers our aim is to:

To minister to each other

To recognize and understand the poor

To recognize the dignity of all people

To recognize that all things are from God

To provide loving and nonjudgemental service

To provide prayerful service

To pray together

To love as Christ has loved

To bring the peace and joy of Christ to our world

To love, serve and empower the homeless poor.

(Adapted from Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Co-Worker Statement of Purpose)

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,     I was a stranger and you invited me in.

(Matthew 25: 35)