Father Larry's Farm

Father Larry's Farm grows food for the Loaves & Fishes kitchens. The produce grown is used in salad, soup and main dish preparation to augment the produce donated to Loaves & Fishes. Find out more



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Support Loaves & Fishes and Earn Cash Back with GEMS

Loaves and Fishes has recently partnered with Gems of Our Community, and to kick off this partnership, we’ve scheduled two events at local restaurants.

  • Louisiana Bistro, 19 N. Market St. Monday, Oct 20th. 4 pm – 9 pm
  • The Bluefin Japanese Restaurant, 754 The Alameda, Monday, Oct. 27th . 4 pm – 11 pm.

Both will rebate 10% of your check. 5% goes to you, the customer, and 5% goes to Loaves and Fishes.

You will need to pick up a free Gems of Our Community card at the restaurant and present it when you pay your bill. When you do, you will earn 5% cash back, and 5% cash for Loaves and Fishes.

So grab some friends, get a great meal, and help yourself AND Loaves and Fishes.

*Updated* Gems will be adding an additional 5% back to Loaves and Fishes at these two events!

Loaves & Fishes Now Serving 1,000 Healthy Meals Per Day

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.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation today.

Special thanks to Steven Camacho.

Thank you Eagle Scout Joseph Nguyen

Loaves & Fishes would like to thank Eagle Scout Joseph Nguyen. Joseph approached us at Father Larry’s Farm and asked if there were any wood project items we needed. The Farm Committee welcomed him with open arms and requested six wooden picnic table benches and a bench with a back. After discussing the type of benches needed, Joseph then planned out the Eagle Scout project, drew up the diagrams, made a list of materials, calculated material costs, and had everything signed off by his Scout Advisor. Joseph asked for the Farm Committee’s approval, and they were very impressed with his plan and bench design.

The completed benches are very sturdy and will last the Farm quite some time, even out in the elements. Joseph and his proud mother and father are in the picture along with Larry Vollman from the Farm Committee.

The Loaves & Fishes Farm was named after our Founder: Father Larry Largente. Father Larry shared this message:

“Joseph, the farm thanks you, Loaves & Fishes thanks you, the Lord thanks you, and I thank you. God Bless for this symbol of what is good about Eagle Scouts”.

Now Serving New Delivery Meal Services

Loaves & Fishes has partnered with local nonprofits to provide no-cost meals and reach more of those in need.

Recovery Café a nonprofit group dedicated to assisting those hoping to stay away from addiction. Loaves & Fishes creates and delivers no cost lunches to Recovery Cafe's members.

Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA), a nonprofit group serving the Latino community. MACSA's core values are based on mutual respect and cultural appreciation. Loaves & Fishes provides a hot meal service each week for families in East San Jose.

InnVision Shelter Network Helps individuals and families break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Loaves & Fishes will provide a hot meal service to InnVision clients five days a week at multiple locations.

All of this is in addition to providing no-cost hot nutritious meals and support services at our service locations at St. Maria Goretti, Eastside Neighborhood Center, and Goodwill. We are also looking for new sites to serve.

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