Our Mission- Fighting childhood hunger in our community, one child at a time.
Welcome to 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry. At 5&2 Ministry, we intend to reach children who are hungry or at risk of hunger. For some children, the two meals they receive in school Monday through Friday are the only meals they will eat. These children do not know where their next meal may come from. 5&2 Ministry intends to reach children and families from all walks of life, no matter their circumstances. Our Ministry is currently packing and placing bags of food in student's book bags at Clymer Central School, Sherman Central, Bemus Point Elementary and the GA Home in Jamestown, NY in various elementary grade levels on Friday afternoons to supplement the food they may or may not receive at home over the weekend to fight childhood hunger.
John answered, “Anyone who had two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food do the same. " Luke 3:11
The beginning of this ministry began when a calling was placed on a group of people's hearts who identified and wanted to do more for children suffering from childhood hunger. It also began as a labor of love to serve and give back in the communities we live and were raised in. It is our hope that God's love will be shown through the efforts of this ministry. The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 from a basket of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish was our inspiration. Our deep love for children will continue to be the driving force behind our ministry. For Jesus said "“Let the little children come to me, do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” Matthew 19:14.
The importance of fighting childhood hunger? Because children are our future. If we can change one child’s life then we can change the world.
— Laurie Beckerink, c0-FOUNDER
“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves!”
Fighting childhood hunger in our community, one child at a time.
In Chautauqua County, 50.2% of children live in poverty.
63% of families in Chautauqua County qualify for free and/or reduced lunches.
Approximately 37% of the students in Clymer Central School qualify for free/reduced lunches.