Meet Our New Board Chair, Dan Barsanti

When Dan Barsanti decided to semi-retire in 2015, board member Chuck Stegner asked Dan to join Loaves & Fishes. No coaxing needed. This amicable, big-hearted fellow, with deep roots in Silicon Valley, became part of a world he has know all his life, feeding people with nutritious food.

Dan’s iconic family- owned business, Race Street Fish and Poultry, sold Race Street Foods, the wholesale division, to Sysco in October 2012. After 46 years Dan and his cousin Jim Riparbelli closed Race Street Seafood Kitchen much to the sorrow of loyal restaurant followers. Dan is still part of Race Street Partners, but now has more time to give back to the community. We are honored he chose Loaves & Fishes and excited to have his enthusiasm at the helm.

When Dan was asked why Loaves & Fishes, he jokingly says, “because they asked!” Then Dan is quick to follow with he believes in the mission, the leadership, the staff and is thrilled to be part of such a distinguished board. “There isn’t a more efficient operation than Loaves & Fishes or more value for your donation dollar. We deliver and serve balanced, healthy, hot food for less than $3 per meal. Coming from the restaurant business I know how difficult that is to achieve. I know a lot of people want to donate food items, or prepare and hand out meals themselves, but the biggest impact a donor can have is if they give financially to Loaves & Fishes and let the nonprofit procure, prepare and deliver the food. Since they are cooking thousands of meals a day, they
have the bulk power to run very cost effectively.” Dan continues, “Financially, Loaves & Fishes is doing extremely well, but more funds translates into helping more of our community, and that is the ultimate goal for all of us.”