Loaves & Fishes joins the sixth annual #GivingTuesday on November 28th, 2017

Loaves & Fishes has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. 

Occurring this year on November 28th, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US), and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

On #GivingTuesday your gift will be doubled up to $15,000! Lydia & John Vidovich have generously offered a matching gift of $10,000 and Cisco Systems Inc. will match your gift up to $5,000! We hope to raise a total of $30,000 on Giving Tuesday including the matching gifts to provide an additional 12,000 nutritious meals across the San Francisco Bay Area this holiday season.

"We wholeheartedly support Loaves & Fishes as a key Silicon Valley safety net provider ensuring the basic needs of the most vulnerable in our community are met. Through partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and streamlining the supply chain to get healthy meals to those who need it most, Loaves & Fishes increases the social impact of other nonprofit organizations while also reaching more people.”  - John M. Sobrato

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92Y - a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back - conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. 

"We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity of time, efforts, and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality," said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. "As we embark on our sixth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation."

Please join Loaves & Fishes on #GivingTuesday. Visit our fundraising page at http://www.loavesfishes.org/givingtuesday2017

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @loavesfishessj throughout #GivingTuesday for updates and stories on how your gifts make a difference in the lives of children, families, seniors and the homeless across the Bay Area.

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.

Follow us on Twitter & Facebook with hashtag #FEEDtheNEED

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/