Isaac's Stone Soup Challenge!

We’d like to introduce you to our friend Isaac. At only 9 years old, Isaac has always wanted to help people. He started to save up his allowance and to even collect some of his friends' allowance as well!

Recently, Isaac and his grandma, Theresa came to one of Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen meal service sites. Isaac worked hard during the meal, serving our homeless and hungry guests and never failed to share an angelic smile with every dining guest he met.

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 Isaac not only volunteered to help and serve our hungry community that day; he also donated his long-saved money - $81 - to Loaves & Fishes! 

We are so touched by Isaac's big heart and kindness for others.  And his generosity gave us an idea. When we shared it with Isaac and his grandmother, Isaac was “all in!”. 

Isaac would like to challenge YOU to join Isaac’s Stone Soup Challenge! Can you save $81 to add to our pot of Stone Soup? Isaac is inviting Loaves & Fishes donors and volunteers to help raise money towards his new goal of $81,000!  That’s 33,000 meals! (WOW!)

For every dollar donated during Hunger Awareness Month, Sobrato Family Foundation will double your gift!

Help us make Isaac’s Stone Soup Challenge a reality - 33,000 meals to feed our homeless and hungry neighbors across our community!

Challenge your friends and family too and tag them with #IsaacStoneSoupChallenge @LoavesFishesSJ on Facebook and Twitter! 

If we all contribute something to the pot of Stone Soup, we will all feast.

 

Our doors are always open for Carlos

Carlos was born in Peru and lived in Mexico for 5 years. He migrated to the United States 23 years ago. Both Carlos’ parents and sister have passed away, and his only brother lives out of state in Texas.  

Now 62 years old, for the last 5 years, Carlos has been homeless, with little hope for any possible housing in the high-cost Bay Area. He has been coming to Loaves & Fishes since we started serving hot nutritious meals at Eastside Neighborhood Center.

Without Loaves & Fishes, Carlos says, for meals he survives like a stray animal, by the nearby apartments and home residents. He has built a shelter under a tree made out of cardboard boxes, shopping carts, and stacks of empty containers. With no available shelter beds and a lack of affordable housing, it is all he has.

Carlos is very grateful for the services that Loaves & Fishes is able to provide. “I am not treated like an animal... between the hours of 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm the door is always welcome for me here,” says Carlos. “I thank the Lord for each and every one of the volunteers that help.”

Will you please help us feed people like Carlos in our community - children, families, seniors, students, veterans, and the homeless - who come to Loaves and Fishes every day?  For the vast majority of our guests, their meal with us will be their only meal for the day. 

September is Hunger Awareness Month. You can take action by giving, volunteering, and advocating to raise awareness about hunger in the Bay Area.  

 For every dollar donated during Hunger Awareness Month, Sobrato Family Foundation will double your gift!

Loaves & Fishes joins Starbucks FoodShare program thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank!

We are happy to announce, thanks to an introduction from Second Harvest Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes will be joining Starbucks FoodShare program!

7 days a week we will be picking up food from 10 Starbucks stores at approximately 100lbs of food per day! The food rescue we collect will be distributed to our guests; children, families, seniors, veterans, students, and the homeless to supplement our hot nutritious prepared meal program. We are proud to partner with Starbucks and very thankful to Second Harvest Food Bank for making it all possible.

If we all contribute something to the pot of Stone Soup, we will all feast.

It’s an old French fable about hungry travelers who arrive at a new town and would like something to eat. They have no money to purchase any food, so they set up a pot of boiling water in the center of town and start adding stones to the pot.  They attract the attention of the villagers, who are curious about what they are doing. They explain that they are making "stone soup", but it would be even better if they just had some vegetables to add to the soup to improve its flavor and nutrition.

One villager, who anticipates enjoying a share of the soup, does not mind parting with a few carrots, so these are added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention how their stone soup has not yet reached its full potential. All it needs is a bit more seasoning to enhance the flavor.  Sure enough, the curious villager hands them a little bit of seasoning.

More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient-some potatoes, a bit of meat, an onion or two and some beans. Finally, the stone (being inedible) is removed from the pot, because an awesome transformation has taken place.  What started out as a pot filled with water and stones has become a delicious and nourishing pot of soup filled to the brim - with more than enough to feed the travelers and villagers alike.

While it might seem, at first glance, that this is a story about two travelers who have tricked a village to provide them with food to eat, it is really about how we are all nourished - in body as well as spirit - when we all add what we can to the “pot” that is our community.  Everyone is filled, and there is more than enough for all.

It’s really just that simple. If we all contribute something to the pot of Stone Soup, we will all feast.  Join us is cooking up a pot filled with support to help us feed our hungry neighbors in need! 

September is Hunger Awareness Month. You can take action by giving, volunteering, and advocating to raise awareness about hunger in the Bay Area.  

For every dollar donated during Hunger Awareness Month, Sobrato Family Foundation will double your gift!

 

Join Loaves & Fishes for a Special Benefit Concert at Cafe Stritch - July 16, 2018

Join us Monday, July 16, 2018, at Cafe Stritch in downtown San Jose. Doors open at 5 pm and the live music begins at 7 pm. Get your tickets!

Ken Peterson is an award winning singer/songwriter. His Americana music has been recorded by several national know artists such as Glen Campbell, Kenny Rankin and former members of the Kingston Trio John Stewart and Dave Guard. Ken recently recorded an album of original songs entitled “Mark The Time” with a vision to perform his songs to raise money for those in need. As a Santa Clara native Ken is excited to return to his hometown and help raise funds for Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen. He will perform the new album in its entirety in what should be a very intimate evening of storytelling and inspiration.