About Loaves and Fishes

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Take a few moments to find out what drives our spirit.


Loaves and Fishes was founded in 2005 in support of the local community and aimed to help provide food staples for people experiencing hardship in the local area.

Loaves and Fishes was founded on the principle of creating a long-term solution and avoiding the welfare mentality by giving people a hand up, not a hand out by not just about providing the staples, but also allowing poorer families to access luxury items..

The Loaves & Fishes Foodstore supports 4700 families throughout the Coffs Coast by providing them with groceries at about one-third of supermarket prices. Food and household items are sourced from Foodbank Australia and other local businesses.

Additionally, we provide emergency food parcels for those in crisis. Loaves and Fishes is an outreach of ALC

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The food is rescued from a landfill fate and, despite having lapsed “best before” dates, is still perfectly fine to eat.

Evolving from a pantry inside the Abundant Life Church, over the course of about six years the Loaves & Fishes Foodstore has become a fully-fledged supermarket for the needy and the penny-pinched.

Providing low-cost, affordable groceries has had the positive flow-on effect of fewer people approaching St Vincent de Paul Society and the Salvation Army for food vouchers.

Loaves and Fishes op shop



The management team of Loaves and Fishes Food Store is made up of Senior members of the Abundant Life Church, of which the Loaves and Fishes Food Store is a branch of the broader services that Abundant Life Church offers. The day to day operations of the store is augmented by volunteers and work for the dole participants..

Russel Jones CEO/Senior Pastor

Founder and Senior Pastor of the Abundant Life Church, Founder and CEO of Door of Hope Community Welfare.

Wayne Crowther Manager

Manager of Loaves and Fishes as well as being involved in a number of other Community ventures.

Helen Jones Senior Pastor

Manager of the ALC Op-Shop and Market as well as being a senior Pastor in the Abundant Life Church.

Opening Hours

Monday     9.30-12.00 a.m.  2.00-4.30 p.m.

Tuesday    9.30-12.00 a.m.  2.00-4.30 p.m.

Thursday  9.30-12.00 a.m.  2.00-4.30 p.m.

Friday       9.30-12.00 Noon

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Unit 3/47 Lawson Crescent Coffs Harbour

Mobile Contact Numbers:

Manager: Wayne Crowther   0408 298 899

Senior Pastor: Russell Jones  0413 182 053

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