Madeline Martin

Double your gift today and help feed families like Maria and Leandro.

For the next 48 hours only, your gift will be doubled! Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous donor, you can double your impact dollar for dollar up to $15,000!

If you’ve already given – thank you! Your gift is already being put to work feeding children, families, seniors, and the homeless across the Bay Area who need your support – families like Maria and Leandro:

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Maria is a single mom to two sons including 3-year-old Leandro. Maria has an AA in Business Administration from San Jose City College. She worked as a Recreation Leader for San Jose’s Park Recreation Neighborhood Services while attending San Jose State University.

Maria had to drop out of university after suffering domestic abuse from her son’s father. Maria has been living in a battered women’s shared housing for domestic violence victims, since 2014. Maria is currently unemployed because she needs to take full-time care of her son Leandro. It’s very stressful to cook in the kitchen where Maria lives. There are multiple women and children trying to cook at the same time. Instead, Maria comes to Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen

Not only does the food here help me to save on food, so I can help pay other bills and provide for my sons, I also like the stress-free and friendly environment here. I am grateful for the support of donors like you. Because of you, we get to live a healthier and more independent life. In addition, my sons and I no longer feel isolated, but connected to the community.”

Please make your year-end tax-deductible gift right now and double your impact with a dollar for dollar matching grant to help feed families like Maria and Leandro.

We are truly grateful for the support of you, our donors, volunteers, and supporters who are committed to fighting hunger in our community.

Please act now and send your tax-deductible gift today and help us reach our matching gift goal of $15,000.

 

Washington Post Report - Extreme poverty returns to America

Forty million Americans live in poverty, nearly half in deep poverty — which U.N. investigators defined as people reporting income less than one-half of the poverty threshold. The United States has the highest child poverty rates — 25 percent — in the developed world. Then there are the extremely poor who live on less than $2 per day per person and don’t have access to basic human services such as sanitation, shelter, education and health care.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/12/21/extreme-poverty-returns-to-america/?utm_term=.016933b97418

You can help feed people like Hai-Lam

Your support improves the well-being of people like Hai-Lam. Your support improves the lives of low-income seniors, children and families, and the homeless, across the Bay Area by serving them free nutritious meals.

Because of you, we served 464,755 prepared meals to more than 329,212 individuals including 100,441 meals to seniors in Fiscal Year 2016–2017.

Because of you, in Fiscal year 2017-2018, we are on track to provide over half a million nutritious meals to our hungriest neighbors.

Not only during the holiday season, but every day, we fight hunger with your support. You see, even with the times as tough as they are, we at Loaves & Fishes, can make your donations go incredibly far.

Your gift helps us secure and distribute food through our network of 30 nonprofit partners including low-income senior residents, community centers, churches, and after-school programs.  

Will you please help today?

There is still much work we need to do, not only during the holiday season but every day.

Together we will make sure that this holiday will be happier for all in our community.

Thank you for working with us to feed our neighbors!

This holiday season no one should go hungry. Help us provide a warm nutritious meal by sending your gift today

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