Grace Presbyterian Church 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 - PO Box 1234, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 205-758-1193

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry

Empty Bowls

THANK YOU.  Thanks to your attendance and support we had a successful return to an in-person Empty Bowls' event with the day's entertainment provided by  local artists/musicians: Jil Chambless and Dan Vogt.  

We are grateful for the soup donations from church members but especially from these local restaurants: Broadway South, Five Bar & Restaurant, Frida's Mexican Restaurant, Holligans, Jason's Deli, Manna Grocery, Newks, and Pearl Garden.  Also, Publix's Bakery, The Shops of Lake Tuscaloosa, donated bread.

Special thanks to Prof. Wade McDonald and the ceramic students of The University of
Alabama Department of Art and Art History for creating and providing individual ceramic bowls for every patron.  And, we thank Rev. Charlie Durham for donating "statement pieces" for the raffle: two hand-turned wood bowls.

ALL proceeds raised have been donated to our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.



The Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry is a mission of Grace Presbyterian Church and serves about 700 people each month. The Food Pantry distributes food that is purchased from the West Alabama Food Bank. Each year, Grace Presbyterian Church holds an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds support the Food Pantry.


Loaves & Fishes is located at Grace Presbyterian Church, 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa.

Hours of Operation

The Food Pantry distributes food the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Those in need may pick up food between the hours of 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Distribution day check-in begins in the church parking lot with distribution going directly into vehicles from outside the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry doorway.


The pantry accepts donations of non-perishable items including canned goods, grains, pastas, etc. The pantry also has a need for grocery bags. Donations can be made by leaving items in the food pantry basket at the back of the sanctuary each Sunday or during normal hours of operation.

Thank you for your financial and material support of this ministry, which is truly vital in all three senses of the term: vital in the sense of serving a critical need, vital in the sense of giving life, and vital in the sense of flourishing.


Many volunteers are needed each month both for distribution days and for stocking the pantry and for bagging food.  For more information and/or to volunteer, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Donovan: [email protected] or the Food Pantry manager,  Jennifer Sheppard: [email protected]  Or, contact the church office: 205-758-1193; [email protected]