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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

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General Agency Information
Name: Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes
Alternate Name(s): Loaves and Fishes
Address: 150 Second Street
Watsonville,  CA  95076
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-319-4571
Description: Founded in 1989, Loaves and Fishes is a community-based organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among working poor families, farm workers, and elderly, disabled and homeless individuals of the Pajaro Valley. We help sustain the lives of thousands of individuals by assisting them with nutritious food, education and referrals in cooperation with other agencies.

We envision a Pajaro Valley community in which all people have access to healthy food and the other basic necessities of life. We are committed to working collaboratively to develop a healthier, more food-secure community through direct service and advocacy. Each day we manifest the values of service, compassion and justice in our work.

Pantry: Families and individuals may receive groceries twice per month from our pantry. Meals: Open to all; our target population includes farm workers and homeless, elderly, and disabled individuals.

AREAS SERVED: Our primary service area is the Pajaro Valley, but we serve people in need from around Santa Cruz County.
Programs: Pantry:
Our Pantry Program provides supplemental groceries to individuals and families in need. We receive fresh produce, bread, and non-perishable staple foods from a variety of sources including local growers and packers, community food wholesalers and retailers, and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Acquisitions are made through a combination of donations and purchases.

Hot Lunch Program:
We serve a nutritious hot lunch every Monday through Friday at noon. Each meal is prepared on-site in our certified, health department-inspected kitchen by our Executive Cook, a Certified Professional Food Manager, with the assistance of community volunteers.

Bilingual nutrition information regarding healthy food choices and resources are offered to those on a limited budget.

The organization serves as a site for hands-on job training, resume-building, and life skills development for youth, unemployed adults, seniors, people transitioning from welfare to work, and people with disabilities.

We offer client referrals to other community agencies and programs. We partner with local health and social services providers in their outreach efforts to our clients.
Volunteer Info: There are numerous ways to join the fight against hunger in our community. Please visit the website or contact to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Languages other than English: Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation: Available Within One Block
Eligibility: See Description Notes
Fees: None
Areas Served: See Description Notes
Physical Location: Watsonville
Funding Source: Donations
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Brown Bag Programs
Christmas Baskets
Emergency Food
Food Banks
Food Distribution
Food Lines
Food Pantries
Holiday Programs
Low Income
Occasional Emergency Food Assistance
Ongoing Emergency Food Assistance
Soup Kitchens
Volunteer Opportunities
This agency was last updated on December 23, 2021.