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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

"A great accomplishment shouldn't be the end of the road,
just the starting point for the next leap forward" 
                                                                                             - Harvey Mackay

PVLF pantry visitor Estefania Vizcaino-Solorio is the first person to
safely use our new ADA compliant ramp.
What's Inside
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Wish List

  • Graphic Design Work
  • Laundry Volunteer
  • 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!

Join PVLF to Raise Funds in the Human Race

Join Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes in the Human Race on Saturday, May 7th!

Come enjoy a complimentary breakfast, throw on your PVLF gear,
make a morning smoothie on our smoothie bike, and get ready to run!

Join us at 2300 Delaware Ave for registration from 8am-8:45am. The run will kick off at 9am sharp - join the PVLF crew and walk or run to end hunger! A free BBQ lunch will be provided at the end of the race!

The Human Race is a community fundraising effort put on by the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center. Over 100 organizations are participating, and

every dollar donated will be proportionately matched!

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How YOU can fight hunger this May at the Human Race:
Donate or raise at least $15 to receive a PVLF t-shirt and represent your championship for food justice. Donations may be made easily online here.
Tell your networks why YOU are passionate about PVLF's work and encourage them to join us in our efforts!
All donations are made to the Santa Cruz County Volunteer Center in support of PVLF.

Team Captain Paul Tashiro poses with a $500 donation from the Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Paul, a long time supporter of PVLF,
will be running with the crew on May 7th!

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The more funds we can raise the more matching funds we will earn from the SC Volunteer Center! $50,000 in match money will be divided between participating non-profits. PVLF will receive a proportion of the match money equal to the proportion of funds OUR TEAM raises out of all participating organizations.

We are over 50% on our way to our goal of $2,500!

Grab your friends and family, get your running shoes on, and show the world that YOU are a champion for food justice.
See you there!

For more information, please contact Colleen at
(831) 319-4571 or visit:
Join Our Team Now!

Save the Date
PVLF Grand Re-Opening!

Thursday, May 26th   5pm -7:30pm

Construction has been underway since our fantastic Empty Bowls event 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. Local Chefs Jesse Plasencia, Patrick Sigler, and Mario Ballesteros will create the artisanal food for the evening, and Beer Church will share their delicious, locally brewed beverages.
More announcements to come!

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

Love Monday's
Discretion Brewery

Your favorite food justice friends are back again for fun at Discretion Brewery!
Join us on Monday, May 23 where 20% of all beer sales ALL DAY will go directly to help nourish hungry families in our community.

Food trivia will start at 7:30 pm. Enjoy good laughs, good beer, and fun trivia with your favorite hunger-fighters!

Celebrating our Volunteers

      Fun and Games at Pinto Lake  

PVLF volunteers enjoy a potato sack race during our annual volunteer luncheon.
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Loaves and Fishes volunteers make up a tremendous 85% of the total time it takes to work to feed the Pajaro Valley. On April 9th, about 30 volunteers and their families gathered together for our annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ at Pinto Lake Park. Lead by PVLF volunteer coordinator Colleen Walsh, volunteers enjoyed games, raffle prizes, and quality time with one another.

 “Each one of our volunteers brings unique skills and personalities to PVLF”, says volunteer coordinator Colleen Walsh, “it's great to see them enjoy
one another’s company in a new setting.”

They danced, they raced in potato sacks, fought over musical chairs, and of course, shared a delicious meal together. For as hard as our volunteers work, they also sure know how to have a good time!

Thank you to the following businesses for their generous contributions of
food, decor, and prizes:

D’La Colmena Market & Catering, Jaliscos Restaurant, Cilantro’s Parrilla y Cantina, La Rosa Market, El Valle Produce, Grocery Outlet, Pacific Cookie Company, Martinelli’s, De Colores Flores, Second St. Café, Green Valley Cinema, Nob Hill Foods, Starbucks, Target, and Dharma’s Restaurant

Volunteer Opportunities

Turn your passion into action.
Take a look at our schedule and see where you fit!

Pantry Assistant
Mon-Fri  9:00am-11:30am

Kitchen Prep
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 11:00am
1:00pm -  4:00pm

Lunch Service
Mon-Fri 11:30am -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

Contact Colleen for more info or to volunteer!

Volunteer Spotlight

PVLF recognizes Nancy Villanueva (left) and Venessa Ledesma (right) for their inspiring volunteer service! Venessa works with Nancy as a mentor for Community Life Services, a program that supports individuals with developmental disabilities.

These ladies began volunteering in November and have since been a wonderful addition to our team. Not only do they work hard to keep our pantry well stocked, they have also recently stepped in to tackle our kitchen laundry loads. Once a week, they make a trip to the nearby laundromat to wash the kitchen’s heavy load of aprons and towels. Since we do not have laundry facilities on site, this is a critical task that keeps our organization running smoothly.
Thank you Nancy and Venessa for your model attitude and service!
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