Thank you VM Ware for your support and feedback!

VM Ware serves nutritious meals at our Eastside Neighborhood Center location.

VM Ware serves nutritious meals at our Eastside Neighborhood Center location.

At Loaves & Fishes we are truly grateful for the variety of volunteer support we receive from individuals, corporations, clubs, and churches. Over 4,000 volunteers a year help prep and serve the meals, as well as serving drinks and helping to clean up after meal service. We couldn't do what we do without the support of our great community.

VM Ware joined us this week at our Eastside Neighborhood Center on Alum Rock Avenue in East San Jose. 

VM Ware graciously shared some feedback from their volunteer group:

"Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer at Loaves & Fishes. The program manager, Hyru was a pleasure to work with, she is warm, inviting, and has a great sense of humor. She clearly knows her recipients well and provides a friendly, comfortable atmosphere for them. I highly recommend L&F to anyone looking for a rewarding service learning experience."

"I had a humbling experience volunteering with Loaves & Fishes.
Serving cups of cold water put smiles on people’s faces who were facing enormous challenges. A warm meal lifted the spirits of people. If they hadn’t come to Loaves & Fishes they would have otherwise gone hungry. I felt privileged to serve in a place where people are welcomed with open arms. This experience was a reminder for me to be mindful, be thankful for what I had, and be respectful to all fellow human beings. I am grateful to VMware for giving me the time to not only help others but also to reaffirm that it is better to give than receive. Can’t wait for the next volunteering event."

"I really enjoyed helping out at L&F and had a great time with other volunteers. There is no special skills needed, just the will to help and contribute."

"It was such a pleasure serving a meal to those in need. It is so sad that there are people who don’t have the basic needs of life like food, clothing, and shelter. I am so happy that L & F has stepped up and helps provide people with the food they need. I promise that I will continually try to be available as much as possible to do my part and share for society."

“I had such an amazing time volunteering with Loaves & Fishes. I was able to see firsthand how hardships can happen to anyone. Knowing L&F is available with a warm meal to those who need it most provides a small level of comfort. To be honest, one of my favorite moments was meeting fellow VMware employees for the first time and coming together to make a difference.”

Thank you VM Ware for your support!!

Walmart Foundation Awards Loaves & Fishes a $50,000 Grant

Thank you to the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program for awarding Loaves & Fishes a grant of $50,000 to provide over 20,000 nutritious meals to children, families, seniors and the homeless.

“The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program plays an essential role in the Foundation’s mission to create opportunities so people can live better.”

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen has been serving nutritious hot meals to low-income families and individuals in the bay area since 1980. Last fiscal year we delivered or served nearly 400,000 meals to 277,000 unduplicated individuals including 59,000 children – a drastic increase from just two years prior when we served 116,000 meals.

Loaves & Fishes was able to evolve into “Soup Kitchen 2.0” by centralizing meal preparation and adding delivery services similar to a caterer. This change allowed us to triple our capacity and decrease our cost per meal by 61%.

We now deliver meals to over 25 nonprofit partners across the Bay Area every week from Gilroy to Redwood City.

In the coming year, we plan to

  • Increase our number of meals served to 500,000

  • Expand our services in San Mateo County

  • Partner with affordable housing developers to reach more families, children and homeless individuals suffering from food insecurity

  • Provide 2,000 grocery bags of staple food

We are truly grateful for Walmart Foundation’s support in our community to provide food for those who need it most.


Volunteer at Father Larry's Farm!

Perhaps you were not aware that Loaves and Fishes runs an organic farm that grows clean, fresh produce that is served to our guests.  The farm was started by three Loaves and Fishes volunteers, Dave Romeri, Chuck Habib and Larry Vollman, in 2013.

L-R: Dave Romeri, Larry Vollman, Chuck Habib, and Ed Russo

L-R: Dave Romeri, Larry Vollman, Chuck Habib, and Ed Russo

The garden, named  after Loaves & Fishes co-founder Father Larry, provides a unique opportunity for our guests to enjoy fresh from the garden produce!  We grow year round and provide tomatoes, green beans, sweet peas, lettuce, cabbage, squash, carrots, radishes, broccoli, chard, kale, spinach, onions, cauliflower, beets and herbs that are used in soups, salads and stir fry. We work in the garden four days a week and volunteer opportunities are available! For more information please contact Larry at (408) 904-8676.

Thank you Mission City Community Fund!

Thank you Mission City Community Fund for granting Loaves & Fishes $5,000 to provide meals in the City of Santa Clara. Loaves & Fishes provides nutritious meals to all in need, no questions asked, with special concern for children, families, seniors and the homeless.

Mission City Community Fund is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit. They are an all-volunteer organization with a board of directors who serve for a minimum of three years. Because Mission City Community Fun have no paid staff, all the money MCCF raises goes directly to the organizations they support. When you donate to the MCCF you can be confident that local organizations get maximum benefit. Every dollar of MCCF net proceeds go directly to projects and programs in our communities.

Thank you to Mission City Community Fund for providing over 2,500 meals to our hungry neighbors in our community.

Loaves & Fishes Top Tips for FEED the NEED 5K/10K For Beginners

First time training for a 5K/10K? Been out of the game for a while and needing motivation to get back in? Here our are favorite run/walk training tips for the 2nd annual FEED the NEED 5K/10K run/walk on June 4, 2017.

  1. Good socks are as important as good shoes. Look for socks that are seam-free, and ones that manage moisture so you won't get blisters.

  2. Sign up before you lace up! It will be the motivation you need to complete your goal

  3. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are to anyone but you.

  4. Get proper running shoes. Running in the wrong shoes or worn out shoes could lead to injury and won't get you to the start line, let alone the finish line

  5. Don't worry about how fast you are running. Speed will come later once your aerobic base has improved. Just increase the duration of your runs gradually.

  6. When you finish your first run, don't stop suddenly. Instead, walk for another five minutes to cool down gradually.

  7. Stretching not only increases flexibility but can also be a vital way to avoid injury. Stretch your major muscle groups with a focus on the quadriceps, hamstrings, IT band, upper and lower back, groin and hip flexors. Slowly ease your way into each stretch and hold it for 30 to 45 seconds.

  8. Run tall without a pronounced forward lean

  9. Don't look at your shoes as you run; look toward the horizon.

  10. You can run faster by increasing your stride turnover, not by overreaching with each stride.

  11. On uphills, shorten your stride, and drive more with your arms. Try to maintain an even effort, not pace

  12. When running downhill, let gravity work for you by leaning slightly forward

  13. Complex carbohydrates, the kind you get from unprocessed fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, can give you the necessary energy to run the race.

  14. While you're training, don't be afraid to alternate between running and walking. Though it's less strenuous than running, walking still keeps your muscles engaged.

  15. Resting is just as important to your training as running. Running every single day doesn't allow your body the time it needs to recover from the workout.

  16. It may only be 3.1 miles, but if you warm up with some brisk walking or light jogging 25 minutes before the race, you'll not only prevent injury, but your muscles will also be ready to go once the race begins.

  17. Proper form is key. Keep your head and chest upright and your shoulders and hands relaxed (no clenched fists).

  18. Pay attention to turns in the course and move over as soon as possible to hug the curves, shortening the distance.

Our best tip? Join us on June 4th, 2017 for the 2nd annual FEED the NEED 5K/10K fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes. Help support your community by providing over 450,000 free nutritious prepared meals to children, families, seniors, and the homeless.