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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.

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.