Hot Meal Program
We provide hot and nutritious meals five days out of the week across the Bay Area. Most guests come to our Hot Meals program at our public dining rooms in Downtown, East or Southeast San Jose - exactly where poverty is worst in Santa Clara County, according to Second Harvest Food Bank. We also partner with 30 other nonprofits from as far South as Gilroy to as far North as Palo Alto to provide meals to their clients. Our partnerships allow agencies to concentrate on their core competencies while sharing the limited resources available in Santa Clara County. Increased food access to children allows them to concentrate better during the workshops and after school programs.
Through our Hot Meals program, we serve more than 10,000 nutritious free meals every week at community centers, churches, senior residences, and nonprofit agencies. We carefully design our meals to meet both the dietary needs and the preferences of our guests. We are one of the few soup kitchens in Northern California that emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy protein items, rather than canned or processed foods that tend to be high in sugar and/or sodium. A typical meal might consist of baked chicken, rice, salad, fresh fruit, bread, dessert, homemade soup, and coffee, milk, and juice.
In 2018, we will provide more than half a million meals for those in need.
Meals are served Monday through Friday at 4:30pm the following locations:
Eastside Neighborhood Center: 2150 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
Goodwill Industries: 1080 North 7th Street, San Jose
In partnership with Second Harvest Bank and volunteers from across the Bay Area, Loaves & Fishes also provides grocery bags to about 165 families each month. The bags are filled with nutritionally balanced items such as rice, beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, eggs, milk and fresh fruits and vegetables. The Grocery Bag Program takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Program hours are 10am-12pm.
Location: Saint Maria Goretti Kitchen
2980 Senter Road, San Jose
Between Tully & Capitol Expressway.
VTA Bus Line 73