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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes


"Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for." 
                                                                                             - David Starr Jordan

Students from the Service Learning Club at Ceiba College Prep serve lunch at Loaves and Fishes. This Spring, they are helping raise funds to
support Loaves and Fishes in the Human Race.
What's Inside
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Upcoming Events

Wish List

  • Graphic Design Work
  • Laundry Volunteer
  • Forks for lunch service
  • Yoga Teachers to lead classes for PVLF staff and volunteers
  • Needed Foods:
    • Frozen Ground Beef
    • Peanut Butter
    • Canned Chili
    • Canned Soups

Walk or Run to End Hunger!
The Human Race

Help us raise our goal of $5,000 this Spring and
run with us to end hunger on May 7th!

Matching funds are available from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation for every organization that raises over $1,000.

Help us raise $2,500 and match those funds for a total of $5000!

The Human Race is Saturday, May 7th, on beautiful West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Over 100 organizations in the county will participate to run, walk, and celebrate their supporters! The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County hosts the event and collects funds from supporters who donate to the organization of their choice.

The official campaign runs from March 26- May 7. We are recruiting walkers, runners and pledge-gatherers to raise funds for us.

Every runner/ walker who donates or raises over $35 will receive a brand new PVLF t-shirt to wear with us on race day!

Support can be given online, offline, or by running with us at the event. For more information, please contact Colleen at
831-319-4571 or visit:

Can’t make the race? No problem! Anyone can join in on the action and donate to Loaves and Fishes through the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center’s Human Race website! The online donation collection runs from March -26th until race day on May 7th.

We hope to see you there!
Join Team End Hunger Now!

Save the Date
PVLF Grand Re-Opening!

Thursday, May 26th   5pm -7:30pm

Construction has been underway since our fantastic Empty Bowls in 2015. Thank you to YOUR generosity, we have made significant changes to our humble home on Second St.

We'd like to invite you to join us for the grand revealing!

On Thursday May 26th, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce will join us for a ribbon cutting at 5pm, followed by delicious appetizers, tasty beverages, and a meet and greet with
Loaves and Fishes staff and volunteers.

Come and help us kick-off the new beginnings here at PVLF, and celebrate the difference we are making to nourish our community.

We hope to see you here!

8th Graders Raise Funds
for PVLF

This spring, students from Ceiba College Prep Academy are fundraising to support Loaves and Fishes in the Human Race!

About a dozen 6th-8th grade students have begun collecting Human Race donations from their friends, families, neighbors, and sports groups, and have begun selling snacks to their school’s student body. Fueled by their passions for hunger alleviation, the students' goals are to raise funds to support PVLF's efforts in the Human Race, while gaining valuable lessons in community involvement, leadership, creative planning, and teamwork. "They are a great group who are enthusiastic about volunteering and caring towards others," says Karen Cortez, a teacher in Ceiba's Community Service Club.  "They are having a blast helping out their community through fun and creative ways."

We are excited to run along side these community champions who will be joining us for race day on May 7th!

Join Team End Hunger Now!

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ
Pinto Lake Park

Saturday, April 9th 12-2pm

Volunteers are the backbone of Loaves and Fishes. It is because of your time and generosity that we are able to achieve our mission and serve healthy meals to our community every weekday.
Now its our turn to celebrate YOU! Please grab your family and friends and join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ on Saturday, April 9th at Pinto Lake Park from 12-2pm. We will have raffles, games, and a delicious BBQ for all to enjoy. If you have a special dish you'd like to share, please bring it along!

Family members and children are encouraged to join us for the games and fun!!
RSVP to the Volunteer BBQ!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

   Laundry Volunteer Needed

Looking for a new way to get involved with Loaves and Fishes? We are in need of laundry helpers on Wednesdays and Fridays! This is a great way to lend a LOT of help in a short amount of time. We are looking for someone who can pick up our laundry to wash and drop off in the same or following day. We are in close proximity to a laundromat and will provide soap and cash for laundromat machines. If you have any questions or ideas about how you can take on this role, please contact Colleen at 831-319-4571 or


Weekly Volunteer Opportunities
Pantry Assistant
Mon-Fri  9:00am-11:30am

Kitchen Prep
Mon-Fri 8:00am - 11:00am
1:00pm -  4:00pm

Lunch Service & Dishwashing
Mon-Fri 12:00-1:30pm
Utilities & Maintenance
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
Second Harvest Pick-Up and Delivery
Thurs 8am-9am: Select produce from warehouse and unload
Thurs 1pm-3pm: Receive & delivery at Loaves and Fishes

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