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                  The Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Inc. (MLF) program began in 1998 as an outreach ministry at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas.
                  It was founded on the guiding principle of "providing permanent, sustainable solutions for the chronically homeless, with compassion, love, and
                  dignity."   From its humble beginnings with six St. John Neumann parishioners who delivered 75 sack lunches per day, Mobile Loaves & Fishes
                  has grown into a nation-wide movement that includes 16 meal trucks and 17,208 volunteers in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and
                  Texas.   To date, the Austin-based MLF program and its affiliates have served over 4.4 million meals.

                  In 2006, the St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church Mobile Loaves & Fishes core team approached St. Francis of Assisi parishioners with a
                  proposal for establishing a new MLF ministry.   The promise of seed money and organizational support was bolstered by the Austin-based MLF
                  program's donation of a catering truck.   Recognizing the plight and ever-growing problem of hunger in the San Antonio area, St. Francis of Assisi
                  Catholic Church excitedly joined the MLF ministry in January 2007.  

                  The initial St. Francis of Assisi call for volunteers brought over 500 parishioners into the ministry.   In the intervening years, the MLF ministry has
                  involved over 450 parishioners and other volunteers from area businesses, churches, and civic groups including: Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit,
                  Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Newcomers of San Antonio, NuStar Energy L. P., and the San Pedro Presbyterian Church.   From an initial goal of serving
                   only supper seven days a week, the MLF program expanded to include lunch and supper every day of the week.   The program provides various services
                   to 21 San Antonio area locations, including House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Guadalupe Community Center, Interfaith Welcome Coalition, St. Vinnys
                  Bistro, refugee communities near the Medical Center, and several parishes on the East, South, and West sides.

                  In September 2016, our Mobile Loaves & Fishes program completed the organizational transition of changing its parent sponsor from MLF Austin to
                  St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.   In effect, MLF has become a ministry under the umbrella of our existing parish.   The dedication, hard work,
                   and tireless efforts of the St. Francis of Assisi and other area MLF volunteers have enabled our ministry to serve a total of 736,507 meals from 2007
                  through December 2020.

                  These are some of the "routine jobs" done by St. Francis of Assisi MLF volunteers:

                                                                                                                                                                  boiling eggs,
                                                                                                                                                                  picking up San Antonio Food Bank orders,
                                                                                                                                                                  preparing meals,
                                                                                                                                                                  delivering prepared meals,
                                                                                                                                                                  assisting with the maintenance of the catering truck, and
                                                                                                                                                                  sorting / organizing clothing, toiletry, other donated items, etc.

                  The St. Francis of Assisi Mobile Loaves & Fishes ministry has adopted the following mission statement:   "to provide food, clothing, and dignity to our
                  brothers and sisters in need."

                  To keep Mobile Loaves & Fishes thriving, we need your prayers, effort, and monetary support.   To view the August 2013 News4SanAntonio report on our
                  ministry, click Mobile Loaves & Fishes - Feeding People in Need .   For additional videos and news reports on MLF, please visit our Publicity page.

                  To volunteer for any of the MLF "routine jobs, please visit the Volunteer Now!  page or contact Julie Mellin via email   [ volunteermlf@gmail.com ]   .

                  If you want to explore other ways to support the MLF ministry, click this   Donate Now!   link.


                  If you are interested in making a credit card     or a bank account withdrawal donation, click this     link to use the
                  new St. Francis of Assisi secure online donation system.   To make a donation to the MLF program, you must select the   MOBILE LOAVES AND FISHES
  entry at the " Fund: * " option.


                  For additional information on the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Mobile Loaves & Fishes program, contact the MLF Core Team
                  via email [ mlfnow@sfasat.org ] .

        URL: http://www.sfasat.org/MLF/about.htm
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