About CCAP / Loaves & Fishes
The Berkeley County Congregational Cooperative Action Project, or CCAP, is an organization run by a group of churches in Berkeley County, WV. It is chartered as an emergency social services again that provides temporary food and financial assistance to residents of Berkeley County who can demonstrate both residence and need. Its largest ministry is its Loaves and Fishes food pantry, which obtains food donations from both federal programs under the USDA’s Feed America” program and and local donations, often through local food drives.
Berkeley County CCAP was founded in 1983 by representatives from sixteen Berkeley County churches who were looking for a way to help needy residents of Berkeley County. These church representatives came together and chartered CCAP hoping that by pooling their social outreach programs they could accomplish more together than each church could individually In its first years Berkeley County CCAP had a total budget of only a few thousand dollars, and when it opened the Loaves and Fishes food pantry it only offered bags of surplus beans obtained through a federal government program.
Berkeley County CCAP has experienced tremendous growth since those early years. Last year CCAP distributed over $250,000 of financial assistance and over 120,000 pounds of food. Its programs now offer assistance in many areas including dental needs, prescriptions, propane for cooking, and clothing (usually in the form of work boots and work clothes). The Loaves and Fishes food pantry, from its humble beginnings giving out beans has become by far its largest program and provides food to thousands of local individuals and families each year. In addition, its staff keep clients informed about educational programs that are available, businesses that are hiring, and where they can turn to for long-term assistance if their needs are beyond the scope of what CCAP is chartered to provide. CCAP’s goal is always to help people return to financial independence.
Berkeley County CCAP is staffed and administered entirely by volunteers. Of every $100 donated to CCAP, over $90 is given to the needy. The rest of that money is spent on overhead expenses including insurance, rent, and our new computer system.
Charity is a virtue of the heart, & not of the hands
MARTINSBURG– Steven Truax, president of the Berkeley County Congregational Cooperative Action Project Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry presented an annual…read more
Roger Myers unloads a pallet of donated food Thursday morning in Martinsburg. On Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., the…read more
Members of CCAP and Roach & Sons, Inc., hold a presentation check for $15K given to CCAP. (Submitted photo) MARTINSBURG –…read more
BackPack Program receives Solomon Fine Fund Grant MARTINSBURG — Lisa Henry, executive director of the Berkeley County BackPack Program, got…read more
- Apr. 2016 - Berkeley County CCAP / Loaves and Fishes volunteers staffed a booth at RESA 8's Operation Tadpole. During Operation Tadpole, the Foxcroft Towne Center (formerly the Martinsburg Mall) hosts a number of child-oriented booths and activities that are free to the public, and invites the parents of young children to bring their children and enjoy the activities together. Our volunteers distributed dozens of flowers and house plants for children and their parents to take home to plant and raise together. We also distributed information about the services that we provide.
- Dec. 2015 - The Berkeley County CCAP / Loaves and Fishes Board hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Day, providing door prizes, refreshments, snacks, and most of all gratitude to our wonderful volunteers. The Berkeley County CCAP does not have a single paid staff member: a small portion of our donations goes into overhead for our facilities, insurance, and office materials, but every dollar not spent on overhead is distributed back to needy individuals in Berkeley County.
- Oct. 2014 - Several Berkeley County CCAP / Loaves and Fishes volunteers participated in the 2014 Berkeley County CROP Hunger Walk fundraiser. CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world. Berkeley County CCAP / Loaves and Fishes not only raised funds to feed people hungry people overseas through this event, but as the largest food pantry in Berkeley County it was also a recipient of a portion of the money raised.
- Oct. 2013 - Berkeley County CCAP / Loaves and Fishes, a member of Main Street Martinsburg, held an Open House for the other members of Main Street Martinsburg and many other guests. President Pam Wagoner took this opportunity to show the guests our facilities and explain both the size and diversity of our ministries.
- In 1983 - CCAP / Loaves & Fishes was founded by representatives from sixteen Berkeley County churches who were looking for a way to help needy residents of Berkeley County.