Early on in the 25 year history of Loaves & Fishes we made a choice to never accept government funding. We stand by this decision to this day on the following ground:
- By receiving no government funds the government has less say in how we choose to serve our guests.
- By receiving no government funds we are not reliant upon the whims of politicians for our funding; when budget cuts come, the first to get cut are social services programs.
- By receiving no government funds we do not have to keep up with the exhaustive paperwork required. We can focus more time and energy on serving those in need and less on satisfying the government bureaucracy.
- By receiving no government funds we are free to be a voice for homeless men, women, and children and when necessary stand up to government officials without fear of losing our funding.