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Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes

Organization Mission

Our vision is a Pajaro Valley community where all people have access to healthy food and basic necessities. 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.

The Big Idea 2022:
Alleviate Food Insecurity among Farmworker Families and their Children

For the past 30 years we’ve been a frontline, boot-strapping food pantry and lunch program touching thousands of lives each year with a limited budget and efficient operations carried out by hundreds of volunteers and a small-but-nimble staff. We receive, store and distribute more than 500,000 pounds of food each year and serve over 26,000 hot, nutritious meals.

Many of our farmworker clients work long hours harvesting food for us all, and find it challenging to make our 3 pm closing time during the harvest season. To assist working families (living below the poverty line), we need support to extend pantry hours to 6 pm.

Please join us in making healthy food accessible to our neighbors in need.

Sometimes at the end of the month, I need to come here [Loaves and Fishes] to get extra food — to make ends meet. I really like that I can choose exactly what my family needs. I don't like to waste food.

Francisca R., Watsonville, 38

We’re In This Together

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Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.