Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen Receives eBay Foundation Grant to provide hot meals to hungry, poor, low-resource individuals in the San Jose area.
San Jose, CA, November 27, 2013 – Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, an organization committed to providing free nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment, announced today that it has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the eBay Foundation Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant was recommended by eBay Foundation’s employee-volunteer led San Jose Bay Area GIVE Team. Funds will be used to fund the Loaves & Fishes meal program, and grocery bag program that provide essential services to homeless, individuals, and families in need of food to prevent hunger on our community of Santa Clara County.
Meals are served five days per week at three partner locations – Catholic Charities’ of Eastside Neighborhood Center (on Alum Rock, serving meals Mondays – Friday, 4:30-5:30pm), St. Maria Goretti Church (located on Senter Road north of Capitol Expressway and serving meals Wednesdays & Fridays from 4:30pm – 5:30pm), and Goodwill (located on N. 7th street and serving meals Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30pm. A total of 10 meals are provided throughout the week, and each location has the necessary equipment and supplies to serve up to 500 individuals per meal. All three locations meet ADA accessibility standards.
“Thanks to eBay’s generosity, we will be able to feed 926 people a hot nutritious meal,” said Christina Egan, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen.
The hot meal program was made possible in part through eBay Foundation’s GIVE Team program, which empowers employees of eBay Inc. to support their communities through volunteerism and employee-sponsored grants. In 2012 alone, GIVE Teams worldwide recommended 200 nonprofits to receive grants totaling more than $863,000.
“eBay Foundation was established to reach beyond the boundaries of eBay’s virtual village to develop strong communities that bring people together,” said Lauren Moore, President of eBay Foundation. “Through our GIVE Teams, we’ve been able to identify and support a wide variety of outstanding programs, that feed families in the San Francisco Bay Area, educate in India, assist seniors in Germany, mentor at-risk youth in Omaha, and serve the homeless in Austin – to name only a few. We couldn’t be happier to add to our list of beneficiaries by supporting Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen in its efforts to provide free hot nutritious meals to anyone in need.”