Hot Meal Programs

We provide hot and nutritious meals five days out of the week across the Bay Area. Most guests come to our Hot Meal program at our public dining rooms in Downtown San Jose, East or Southeast San Jose - exactly where poverty is worst in Santa Clara County, according to Second Harvest Food Bank. We also partner with 55 other nonprofits from as far South as Gilroy to Daly City 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 and San Mateo Counties. Increased food access to children allows them to concentrate better during the workshops and after school programs.

Through our Hot Meal programs, we serve more than 20,000 nutritious free meals every week at community centers, shelters, 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 on a healthy balanced meal that includes 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 provided over 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

Meals are served Monday & Thursday at 4:30pm at the following location:

San Jose Vietnamese Seventh Day Adventist Church: 1066 South 2nd Street, San Jose

Grocery Program

In partnership with Second Harvest Bank and volunteers from across the Bay Area, Loaves & Fishes also provides grocery bags to about 180 families each month. The bags are filled with 120 pound of nutritionally balanced items such as rice, beans, peanut butter, tuna fish, eggs, milk and fresh fruits and vegetables per family. 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

A la carte

An original concept, A La Carte is a fleet of trucks, staffed by trained personnel who gather prepared and packaged food from corporate and university campuses for delivery directly into neighborhoods with high-density populations of people in need. A La Carte offers a no-cost, convenient, and dignified experience for recipients. Drivers are food-safety trained and trucks are refrigerated. The prepared food goes directly into the community.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about our programs.