Thanksgiving is almost here, we're most thankful for you.

Thanksgiving is almost here. Leo wanted to share with you what he is most thankful for this year - it’s you. 

“We love the food here. The kids love to come here. They get to eat a full meal and to play outside in the backyard. Eating at Loaves & Fishes is like eating in a restaurant but it doesn't cost us money. I feel good when I come here. I like the volunteers and the people who eat here.

Lord bless the donors. We need people like you who open your hearts to help and tell other people about Loaves & Fishes.” – Leo

Leo retired from Alamo Rental Car Company, where he worked for 10 years. His wife Jackie has been working for the County of Santa Clara for 18 years.

Their daughter is a single mom who lives with them along with her two children, Akailliah and Devahn. Leo & Jackie also look after their nephews Clarence and Joseph.

Thanks to you, Leo, Jackie, and their family have a nutritious meal to eat, including a special Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings. The meals you provide are an opportunity for those who face poverty and/or homelessness to enjoy a hot meal while spending the holiday with others.

Will you help provide a Thanksgiving meal to families like Leo’s? Please send your gift today.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Facebook & The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announce major matching on #GivingTuesday

Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation just announced they will be matching up to $2 Million of funds raised for US nonprofits through Facebook’s giving tools on #GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017.

Each nonprofit is eligible to have donations matched up to $50,000!

How can you help?

You can host a Facebook fundraiser on behalf of Loaves & Fishes!

Visit https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/ to get started. Share your fundraiser with your friends and family and ask them to donate and share your fundraiser.

The match begins November 28th at 5am Pacific time. Facebook is WAIVING ALL FEES for donations to nonprofits on #GivingTuesday. Don’t miss out on this incredible fundraising opportunity to double your donation and fundraise to fight hunger across the Bay Area.

In the fiscal year 2017-2018, Loaves & Fishes will serve over half a million meals to children, families, seniors, and the homeless across the Bay Area. Your support can help us reach our goal!

More about Facebook Fundraisers:

Nonprofit fundraisers let you, our Loaves & Fishes supporters, to raise money on Facebook. You can set up a dedicated page to share why you support Loaves & Fishes. Whether you’ve volunteered, donated, or you have a personal story to share, tell your friends and family why fighting hunger in the Bay Area is important to you.

Your friends and family can donate in a few taps without leaving Facebook, making it easier for you to collect donations.

Every time someone shares your fundraiser, your network grows! Each time someone donates they are prompted to share and invite their friends. Shares and re-shares also contain a donate button making it easy to donate right from the News Feed. These will all count towards your Loaves & Fishes fundraiser.

Thanks to Facebook and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your donations may be doubled! Every Facebook fundraiser will be matched up to $1,000 per fundraiser or donate button. 

Since 1980, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen has been serving free, nutritious hot meals to low-income families and individuals. We are now serving a staggering 290,000 guests, including 80,000 children and their families. In 2013 we reinvented ourselves and moved from a traditional soup kitchen to a caterer business model. This has successfully allowed us to more than double our capacity. Now we are seeking funding to scale up our operations.

Have questions about Facebook fundraisers or #GivingTuesday? Contact maddy@loavesfishes.org

Loaves & Fishes partners with the Diocese of San Jose to help feed SJSU students.

San Jose State University recently conducted a survey that reported 20% of the student body was food insecure, and 12% of the students have experienced housing displacement at least once. One out of five students do not eat for an entire day because of economic hardship.

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Loaves & Fishes is now serving San Jose State University Students a hot nutritious prepared meal once a week at the St Paul's United Methodist Church. The Church is located across from SJSU in downtown San Jose in association with the Diocese of San Jose. Loaves & Fishes will provide the meals, the cathedral will provide the location, and the Diocese will provide utensils and volunteers to help serve the meals.

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.”