Over the past 13 years, Jerry Denney has been the driving force behind Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry – growing the pantry from a small operation run out of a church basement to an established non-profit operating in its own building with full-time staff. From 2004 to 2013, Jerry acted as the de-facto Executive Director and split his time between his full-time job as a financial advisor and serving the hungry. He worked tirelessly to increase the number of clients served in the community, grow fundraising revenues to meet organizational goals and adapt to industry best practices, such as a “client choice” distribution model. Today, Jerry maintains a role on the Board of Directors where he leads the development committee.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry strives to give food with kindness and compassion to those seeking assistance while providing an opportunity for volunteers to serve their neighbors in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. One of Jerry’s proudest accomplishments for the organization was when it bought and renovated a building, which not only allowed Loaves & Fishes to add a walk-in freezer and refrigeration units, but also gave the organization long-term stability for the future. With more than 600 volunteers per month, many of whom were recruited and trained by Jerry himself, the organization logged more than 18,800 volunteer service hours in 2016. These volunteers were critical in Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry’s efforts to distribute 1.5 million pounds of food to 58,000 people last year.