Our vision is a Pajaro Valley community in which all people have access to healthy food and basic necessities. Our mission is to provide healthy, hearty meals, groceries and fresh produce, and connections with other agencies, to help our neighbors enhance their health and well-being.
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 dedicated volunteers and a small-but-nimble staff of three.
Receiving, storing and distributing more than 500,000 pounds of food each year, back and forth across the asphalt each day, from delivery trucks to our storage building and to the pantry, has taken a toll on the asphalt surface of our outdoor dining room and driveway. It’s time for repair and resurfacing so we can continue to serve hundreds of lunch guests 260 days each year.
We have avoided costly repairs due to deferred maintenance by upgrading as needed.
In 2007 we paid off our mortgage, in 2008 erected the outdoor dining shelter, in 2016 installed a handicap accessible ramp, and in 2018 installed solar panels. All of this made possible by the amazing generosity of our donors.
This year please help us make our facility safer, greener and healthier for the well-being of those we serve.
I was entirely on my own, lacking basic necessities. I was wrongly nervous to come by for lunch. I was calmed by the warm atmosphere, delicious food and respect I received. Several months later I took a part-time position at PVLF. I’m more confident, comfortable, social and happy.
Anna, Watsonville, 20 years old