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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

Organization Mission

A community-based organization, we are dedicated to alleviating hunger among working low-income families, farmworkers, and elderly, disabled, and unsheltered individuals of the Pajaro Valley.

We help sustain thousands with nutritious food, education, and referrals in cooperation with other agencies. We envision a community in which all people have access to healthy food and other basic necessities of life. We work 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 2024:
Serving Holiday Meals in the Pajaro Valley

Following the devastation of the Pajaro floods last winter and spring, we hope to provide 650 of our Pajaro Valley and Santa Cruz County families with a special food basket for preparing a hearty meal with their loved ones during the holidays. These meal kits will include fresh local produce, canned goods, rice, butter, whole chickens, or turkey. Meat and dairy products provide protein essential to a balanced diet and are often expensive and difficult to access for our families facing food insecurity. As many of our families continue to work toward their financial recoveries following the challenges faced this year, these items will allow them to stretch their dollars and enjoy a nourishing meal for the holidays.

The reasons individuals face food insecurity are complex, and asking for resources can carry shame. We work every day to serve our guests with dignity and compassion. This year we served 8,440 individuals, including 3,141 children, through our pantry program, as well as 22,439 lunches, including 6,400 additional meals prepared for flood victims.

I will prepare chicken mole for my family, we will have a special meal. Thank you.