Homelessness Increasing, Loaves and Fishes Leaders Say

While many people were at home with family and friends, Peter Sobaszek spent Christmas morning serving people at Loaves and Fishes. Even though he didn't know many of the people he served, he know's where they've been.

"I've been homeless myself. That's why it's important to me. I know what it's what it's all about," he said.

Peter says he's just now getting back on his feet, and wants to help others. Loaves and Fishes leaders say the need is greater than ever before.

"There's a lot more people here. There's a lot of people. Since Hurricane Katrina, everything's changed. We're seeing a lot of people that we've never seen before. A lot of the Asian community, the Hispanic community. The need is just so much greater than what it used to be. A lot of people lost so much. A lot of people lost their jobs that have always worked," said Rita Baldwin, Director of Loaves and Fishes.

Baldwin says the number of homeless people in the area has doubled since the storm.

"People coming out of FEMA trailers, people that were housed after the storm, a lot of them lost their FEMA trailers, a lot of people spent their money on whatever, and they're out or money and so, even if you have money, you have to have a lot of money to rent a place around here," she said.

Loaves and Fishes is providing more services than ever before, thanks to businesses and individuals who are stepping up to the plate.

Loaves and Fishes is always in need of bread.

If you'd like to give bread, volunteer or make a donation to help out, you can call Loaves and Fishes at (228) 436-6172.