August is Kids Eat Right Month - Kid Friendly Tasks for the Kitchen

With childhood obesity on the rise, making sure kids eat right and get plenty of exercise is vital.

Loaves & Fishes is committed to nutritionally balanced meals, and is one of the few soup kitchens in Northern California that emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, along with healthy protein items rather than canned or processed foods that tend to be high in sugar and/or sodium. Low-salt and low-sugar diets are essential for preventing obesity and diabetes.

Hunger and nutrition have severe and long-lasting consequences. Hungry children have trouble focusing at school, thus jeopardizing their ability to do well in their studies and raise their standard of living in the future. We know that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. This is nearly impossible if people are forced to give up or delay their education so they can eat. Poor nutrition leads to obesity (especially in children) and increases the risk of childhood diabetes and heart disease. Malnutrition in a pregnant woman can seriously affect her child’s health. Through our nutritious prepared meals, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen plays a vital role in helping to keep people of all ages healthy and productive.

At Loaves & Fishes we wanted to share some tips you can use at home to encourage your children to eat right. August, which is Kids Eat Right Month, is a great time for families to focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging families to take the following steps:

This infographic is from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Visit EatRight.org for more information on healthful eating or to find a registered dietitian nutritionist.” 

Summer Meals for Hungry Kids

Summer vacation. For many children in the Bay Area, those are two of the sweetest words in their vocabulary. Nothing could be better than having week upon week stretch before you with no worries whatsoever.

But unfortunately, that's not the case for all of our communities children. For thousands of children in the Bay Area, summer vacation has added a huge worry. Summer vacation has meant being hungry.

During the school year, they had nourishing breakfast and a hot lunch, courtesy of their school breakfast and lunch program. But during the summer they don't know where their next meal is coming from.

Your support shows that you care deeply about feeding hungry children. That's why we're asking for your help. With your donation, and Loaves and Fishes resources, we can feed children in need together.

In addition to our two public serving locations and 30 nonprofit partner delivery sites, your generous donations are helping us provide over 5500 lunches and snacks to 6 summer programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Please donate today to support Loaves & Fishes in fighting food insecurity across the Bay Area.

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Double Your Impact for a Limited Time!

Thank you, Prometheus volunteers for joining Loaves & Fishes at our Organic Farm as part of this year's POrCH Challenge. For a limited time when you donate through their site, Prometheus will match your tax-deductible donation dollar-for-dollar up to their goal amount. Don’t miss this opportunity to double your impact with your gift. The matching gift campaign ends July 31, 2017, so please donate today. https://porch.charity.org/campaigns/124

Loaves & Fishes News Round Up

Bay Area Bites Guide to Food Justice Organizations in the Bay Area via KQED

It’s no secret that there’s a gulf between the Bay Area’s wealthy residents and not-so-wealthy residents,  and the imbalance shows itself in a number of ways: the soaring rates of evictions, your favorite restaurants closing, and the city’s increasing homogenization. Another side effect? Food insecurity. 

Loaves & Fishes, which offers hot meals to those in need, call themselves a “Soup Kitchen 2.0.” In recent years, the organization dramatically increased their reach in Santa Clara County by teaming up with like-minded organizations–like a partnership that allowed them to use an industrial kitchen, rent-free. Thanks to that collaboration, they’re now able to serve 30,000 meals a month.

https://ww2.kqed.org/bayareabites/2017/06/26/bay-area-bites-guide-to-food-justice-organizations-in-the-bay-area/

Crackdown coming against food giveaways for homeless at San Jose’s St. James Park

San Jose has been working to revitalize the park, and officials say the clandestine food distributions are ultimately not good for the park, the neighborhood or the homeless.

"The goal is to send people at the park to other meal distributions such as the Salvation Army, Martha’s Kitchen or Loaves and Fishes. And to nonprofits such as HomeFirst or LifeMoves that come with referrals to other services.

“The feedings do encourage isolation instead of breaking that chain,” said Jennifer Chen, director of Loaves and Fishes. “It’s also not the most efficient way to help people. It might be better for people to donate to an organization that already does food distribution rather than going out there and buying food on their own.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/27/san-jose-pushing-popular-homeless-feeds-out-of-st-james-park/

Thank you Safeway Foundation for your support!

Thank you to the Safeway Foundation for awarding Loaves & Fishes a grant to provide nutritious meals across the Bay Area, we are truly grateful for the support!

The Safeway Foundation is dedicated to bettering the lives of people in the neighborhoods in which it operates. Safeway awards general grants in the areas of health and human services, hunger, youth and education, supporting diversity, and the inclusion of all abilities, and Veterans.

Thank you to the Safeway Foundation for all they do to help strengthen the neighborhoods they serve.