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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

"We make a life by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
                                                                                - Winston Churchill
Community volunteers serve a festive
Thanksgiving lunch at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes.
Over 250 community members will join us to eat and serve
Thanksgiving meal this year.
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Upcoming Events & Opportunities

 Farmers and Food Security

in the Pajaro Valley

Talk by Executive Director Kristal Caballero
How can an agriculturally abundant area
be considered a food desert?

Come to a talk at the Watsonville Library on Monday November 9th at 6:30pm and learn more about food justice, food security, and nutrition.
Presented by Loaves and Fishes Executive Director, Kristal Caballero!

Click here to listen to Kristal's latest interview on the subject.

We hope to see you there!

Partner Spotlight

Watsonville Film Festival

We had a wonderful time at the Watsonville Film Festival's "Think Before You Eat" / "Piensa Antes de Comer" event this month! Over 100 local families joined us for films about healthy eating, and non-profit agencies Mesa Verde Gardens Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz, CA Champions for Change, Digital NEST, and Jovenes SANOS were present help educate about local resources. And of course, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes was there
to feed everyone a healthy dinner!

Local leaders, mothers, fathers, and children gather to talk
about the importance of a healthy lifestyle  within the Latino community.

PVLF Pantry Manager Vicky Caballero advocates for healthier eating, saying that there are options, such as PV Loaves and Fishes, for families to
access free and affordable healthy produce.

After serving a nutritious feast of Spinach quesadillas, farm fresh salad, and guacamole, PVLF Chef maria Gonzalez addresses local families about the importance of teaching children about healthy food options.

It was a wonderful night of grassroots organizing and emerging leadership within the Pajaro Valley, and we were honored to be a part!

Cheers to all the wonderful collaboration - look how strong we are together!


Volunteer Corner

Updates and Opportunities

The holidays are a wonderful time to get involved with Loaves and Fishes! We aim to spread cheer to our community and to make the season a positive experience for all of our clients, staff, and volunteers. During the next couple of months, Loaves and Fishes is gearing up to provide families with holiday turkeys, gifts for their children, and special lunch celebrations to savor the importance of a warm comforting meal during this time of year. We hope to bring our family of volunteers together to spend some extra time with one another, eat together, and make our community shine!
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution - We will be distributing whole chickens and turkeys to families to enjoy  for Thanksgiving! Distribution will be on Monday the 23rd and Tues the 24th. If you would like to lend a hand on either of these days, sign up to volunteer!
  • Thanksgiving Lunch - Thanksgiving Lunch will be served from 12-2pm on Thursday the 26th. We are cooking up a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal including turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies, and desserts!
  • Toys for Tots Sorting -  Join us on Saturday, December 19th to bring some holiday magic to hundreds of children! We will sort our shipment during the day from 9am-3pm to distribute to families.
  • Christmas Toys Distribution - We will distribute toys to over 400 familes (representing over 650 children!) on Monday and Tuesday December 21st and 22nd from 1:30pm - 4pm, and need extra hands to make sure all the gifts are given away!
  • Christmas and Christmas Eve Lunch Loaves and Fishes is open on Christmas Eve and Christmas day to serve our lunchat our usual hour. We will be serving up fresh tamales for all to enjoy on Christmas day!
  • New Years Eve Lunch We are open on New Year's Eve to serve lunch and provide a good start to the new year to our community.


Meet our New Team Member!

AmeriCorps Volunteer Colleen Walsh
In PVLF's second year in partnership with AmeriCorps, Colleen Walsh joins us and serves as our volunteer coordinator, uniting her passions for food and social justice. She studied anthropology and education at UCSC and involved herself in environmental studies and education internships and organizations. At the University of Granada she learned Spanish and went on to work with teens in schools and summer camps in Costa Rica. She enjoys good music, the outdoors, the ocean, and cooking delicious food for others.
She is glad to be spending her AmeriCorps service with us fighting hunger and helping to find solutions to food injustice in Pajaro Valley.

Colleen can be contacted at or 831-319-4571.

Volunteer Spotlight

Connie Terriquez

Loaves and Fishes awards Connie Terriquez as our Volunteer of the Month! We have loved working with Connie during her first month here and appreciate her full-time help. She arrives at 8am every day to help Maria start the first pot of coffee and get the kitchen rolling! You can typically hear her exuberant greetings to every person that walks into Loaves and Fishes as the day becomes busier, and her beautiful smile lights up our kitchen on even the foggiest of mornings. She demonstrates willingness to help make Loaves and Fishes shine and provides a wonderful example to others.

We are lucky to have Connie volunteer full time with us as an employee through our partnership CET (Center for Employment Training) program. Loaves and Fishes began working with CET this month to provide job training and employment stability for five individuals in our community who are unemployed or underemployed due to the drought. Throughout the six months that our CET volunteers are here at Loaves and Fishes, they gain various job skills that include kitchen experience, food safety and sanitation, customer service, resume development, and computer skills.

Connie has thrived during her first month at Loaves and Fishes and we thank her for all that she has offered us!

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