Loaves & Fishes has been providing no cost hot, nutritious meals for 34 years. What started with a simple meal of fish and bread for 11 adults and 15 children, has become an optimized production of as many as 1,000 healthy meals per day. Thanks to our partners including Second Harvest Food Bank, Loaves & Fishes can take away at least one concern for the low income hardworking, the underprivileged and the disadvantaged.
In early 2014, we centralized our meal preparation into one commissary kitchen in San Jose. Just recently, we acquired new warehouse and office space, which allows us to centralize our food storage and to have our administrative and operations activities (except for cooking) in a single location.
According to an August, 2014 report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Santa Clara County has the highest median household income in the country ($93,500). Yet the families served by Loaves & Fishes earn as little as $20,000 per year. Even when at least one parent works full-time, these families are simply unable to make ends meet in this expensive area.
Loaves & Fishes operates three service locations in San Jose where anyone can come for a free, nutritious hot meal. We offer meals five days per week (including holidays) at two partner locations in Downtown and East San Jose (Goodwill Services and Eastside Neighborhood Center), and twice a week in Southeast San Jose (St. Maria Goretti Church). In addition, we deliver free meals to the staff and members of Goodwill of Silicon Valley, Inn/Vision Shelter Network, Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA), and Recovery Cafe.
We are increasing our efforts to serve more hungry people. We are actively seeking additional service locations and delivery-meal partners, and we are consolidating our operations for greater efficiency. We couldn't do it without our generous donors, volunteers, our Board, and our staff.
Loaves & Fishes provides the basic need of food and nutrition. Once the mind, body and spirit are nourished, the rest can fall into place.
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Special thanks to Steven Camacho.