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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."

                                                          - Herman Melville
PVLF pantry volunteer DeVon assists participant Noemi with her monthly groceries. Because of generous supporters and food providers, Loaves and Fishes is able to maintain a quality supply of fresh fruits and vegetables for when the community needs them most. 
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Wish List

  • Graphic Design Work
  • Laundry Volunteer
  • Needed Foods:
    - Frozen Ground Beef
    - Peanut Butter
    - Canned Chili
    - Canned Soups

PVLF Grand Re-Opening!

Thursday, May 26th   5pm -7:30pm

We are just a few days away from our Spring Reception/ Grand Re-Opening on May 26th!

Construction has been underway since our fantastic Empty Bowls event in 2015. Thanks 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, while Beer Church shares their delicious, locally brewed beverages.

We will be sharing some exciting announcements about new programs and partnerships - you won't want to miss being a part!

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!

PVLF Runs to End Hunger

Human Race 2016

At this year’s Human Race fundraiser, PVLF supporters, volunteers, and community members came together to raise over $2000 to help nourish the Pajaro Valley! Every year, the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County hosts the event to provide opportunities for non-profits to gain community support.  On race day, the PVLF crew gathered to complete the 5.5 mile course along beautiful West Cliff Dr.

At the finish line, Team PVLF celebrated with freshly blended smoothies made from a people-powered bicycle blender. Spirits remained high as PVLF volunteer Ike Mier was awarded “most spirited” at the Human Race!

Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Walsh and "Most Spirited" winner Ike Mier with get ready to race! Ike ran the entire 5.5 mile course in a lion costume to draw more attention to PVLF!

PVLF thanks all who participated, donated, and championed for us during the Human Race fundraising efforts! A special thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank for providing their bicycle-powered blender!

Paid Opportunities at PVLF

Volunteers enjoying kitchen prep work while getting ready to serve lunch. Working at PVLf is a great way to learn new skills, build community, and work for our mission to end hunger. 

Employment Opportunities are currently available through
PVLF’s Work Exchange Partnerships!

We work with great programs that help our organization keep our community fed.
If you or somebody you know may be interested in participating, please take the chance to learn about our following work exchange partners:

Peninsula Family Services
The Peninsula program provides employment for individuals who are 55 years or older, currently unemployed, and meet certain income requirements. Participants may work up to15 hours per week to receive hourly pay.

Sueños Program
Watsonville youth ages 16-24 may apply to the Sueños program to gain skills to prepare them for a competitive labor market . Part-time and full-time positions at PVLF are available!

Please contact Colleen at (831) 319-4571 or if you are interested in our paid opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Pantry Intake Specialists
Mon-Fri  9:00am-11:30am

Culinary Artists
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 11:00am
1:00pm -  4:00pm

Lunch Service
Mon-Fri 11:30am -1:30pm
Laundry Fairies
Flexible - twice a week

Operations Specialists
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!
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