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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

- Muhammad Ali

Above: Pantry Manager Jeanette Arias (fifth from left) and community volunteers serve Thanksgiving lunch, November 2018 
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Upcoming Events

  • HUMAN RACE walkathon / fun run fundraiser, Saturday, May 11th, 8AM, along West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz. Email Cecilia to join the PVLF team! See article below for more details.
  • COMMUNITY RECEPTION, Thursday, May 23, 4:30 - 7:00PM, at PVLF. 
  • SAVE THE DATE, 16th ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS DINNER AND AUCTION, Saturday, September 21st, 5:00-9:00PM, at the Lagoon House at Pajaro Dunes.
Wish List

  • Hygiene Kit Items: New Pairs of Socks, Razors, Soap, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste
  • Needed Foods:
    • Canned Chili, Stews, and Soups 
    • Ready-to-eat and pop-top canned goods
    • Protein bars

Commemorating 30 Years of Service: 1989-2019

PVLF Head Cook Irma Austin and Board President Annette Baldwin pose with a check from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, April 2000. 

In 1989, Loaves and Fishes was initially established as an emergency feeding and aid program of St. Patrick’s Church of Watsonville. In the aftermath of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake, which struck the area that October, Loaves and Fishes served more than 20,000 meals to thousands of local residents displaced by the disaster.

Loaves and Fishes formally separated from St. Patrick's Church and incorporated as an independent non-profit organization in 1994, while still operating at St. Patrick’s Serra Center.

With the generous support of Richard and Mary Solari and many other community donors, Loaves and Fishes purchased and renovated a Victorian house (built in 1861) at 150 Second Street in Watsonville. The Solari House was dedicated in June of 2000 and has served as the site of our operations, and a gathering place for the PVLF community, ever since. Thousands of local residents have entered our doors hungry and been nourished by nutritious meals, picked up healthy groceries to feed their families, and received compassionate service and care.

Our work serving our hungry neighbors would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and volunteers. Please join us for our Community Reception at the Solari House Thursday, May 23rd from 4:30 to 7:00pm. Hearty appetizers, wine, and other beverages will be served. Come and enjoy the fellowship of our remarkable PVLF community. We are truly grateful for your continued dedication to our mission and our shared vision of a Pajaro Valley community in which all people have access to healthy food and the other basic necessities of life. 

Pantry Manager Jeanette Arias (third from left) and community volunteers, preparing lunch with love.
Feed Our Community

2018 by the Numbers

Program Statistics

442,600 pounds of food distributed, 46% fresh produce

336 volunteers gave more than 15,000 hours of service

25,533 lunches served and 5,326 second helpings

10,541 pantry visits serving 1,756 households provided 428,407 meals

42% of pantry clients are children under 18 years

17% of pantry clients are seniors

76% of adult pantry clients are farm workers

409 pantry clients served are homeless


for Your Support in 2018

Paul and Marlyn Tashiro volunteer in the kitchen.

Our work is only possible with the generous support of our donors. We extend our sincere appreciation to all those who provided funds and food to our organization last year.
Community Foundation – Santa Cruz County
Driscoll’s Charitable Fund
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Newman’s Own Foundation

Richard & Mary Solari Charitable Trust

$10,000 – 19,999
Lin Colavin
Community Foundation – East Bay

County of Santa Cruz – Human Services
Sunlight Giving

$5,000 – 9,999
City of Watsonville Social Services
Charlotte Colavin
McGee Family Fund
Enrique Mendoza
Bob and Bev Montague
Thomas & Elizabeth Phair

Santa Fe Mercados Inc.
SOCIUS Foundation
Taylor Farms

$2,500 – 4,999

George and Marjorie Alfs
Dobler & Sons LLC
Emergency Food & Shelter Program
Louis Jemison & Janice Manabe
Thomas & Bonnie Sprague

Sutter Health - Palo Alto Medical Foundation

$1,500 – 2,499

Apple Lane Foundation
Gene Barnett & Josefina Burgos
Martin Barron

Benevity – Community Impact Fund
Corrine Flanagan & Rich Rubin
Rosalind Hastings
Holy Eucharist Church
Imura Japanese Restaurant
Lawrence Laslett & Laurie Winthers
Nicholson Family Foundation
Santa Cruz Seaside Company

Veterans of Foreign Wars

$1,000 – 1,499
California Giant Foundation
Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist

Dean & Sheila Gottehrer
Jacob Young Financial
Dr. Robert & Patrice Keet

Brooke McDonald & Jason Carver
Nisene Technology Group Inc.

Elizabeth & William Nowicki
David & Jovita Barron Reyes
Mark & Laurie Scurich

Ginny Solari Mazry
St. Patrick’s Church
Paul & Marlyn Tashiro
Wells Fargo Bank

$500 - 999
Alpha Theta Chapter of Omega Nu
Bank of America
Tom & Beth Bastasch
Phil & Kathryn Bates
Lawrence Biggam – Aberdeen Fund
Stanley & Maria Bispo
Susanna Blackwell & Carl Haverl
J.M. Brown
Louise Buckingham & Chris Suter
Kathleen Caffall
Greg Caput
CISCO International
Janice Cockren
Albert & Rosemary Crevello
Ken & Ann Dobler  
Robert & Esther Donovan
George & Cheryl Dymesich
Nancy Eaton
Candice Elliott
Adela Feran & J. Matt Wallace
Greg Gaon
Joann & Marc Godoy
Carol & James Heitzig
Darrell Holford
Trisha & Brandon Kett
KPIG 107.5
La Selva Beach Community Church
Robert & Nancy Ley
Ron & Susan Manabe  
Pilar Marien
Kristen & Baldo Marinovic
Mary & James McKenna
Dr. Ed & Debra Menges
Merck Foundation
Barbara Murray  
Rowland & Pat Rebele
Phil Reiker
Joseph & Delores Rodriguez
Ray Roeder
Ruth Rosewall
S. Martinelli & Co.
Brooke & Warren Sampson
Santa Cruz County Bank
Jerald & Terry Spodick
Rob Sporleder
Loren Staley
Ram & Jill Tipton  
Richard & Elaine Wadsworth
Marsha Zeitin

$250 - 499
AT&T Employee Match
Ed & Denice Austin
Ballenger Spar Systems
Susan Barraza
Trudi & Ray Burney
City of Watsonville - City Clerk  
Joseph Cozzi
B. Melvin Crudge
William & Linda Desler
Lawrence & Mary Ellen Dick
Robert & Traudel Early
Wendell Harry
Donna Montague Hight & Richard Hight
Pamela & Charles Landram
Lupulo Craft Beer House
Mary & Tony Maciel
Amy Martin
Mason Family Trust
Andy & Michaela O’Brien
Michael & Ursula O’Farrell
Silvia & Frank Prevedelli
Donna Ramos & Doug Brouwer
Felicita Rasul
Resurrection Church Women’s Guild
Roger Samuelsen
Lynn Sullivan
Trinity Lutheran Church
Roger & Carol Vail
Michael Watts

Up to $249
140 local individuals, businesses, churches and faith communities, organizations, service clubs, and unions
Food Donors
Bee & Thistle Farm
Café Rio
California Giant
California Water Service
Community Donors
Esperanza Farms

High Ground Organics
Holy Eucharist Church
La Rosa Tortilla Factory
Large’s Metal Fabrication Inc.
Live Earth Farm
Mesa Verde Gardens
Pacific Cookie Co.
S. Martinelli & Co.
Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
Si Se Puede Starbucks
V+M Farms
Watsonville Coast Produce
Whole Foods

Every gift makes a difference to our neighbors in need. Thank you.

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

In Memory
Tom O'Brien by Audrey Kim
Jim Rosewall by Ruth Rosewall
Peter Ciccarelli by Billie Trawle
Simona Ortega by Rudy Ortega
Esperanza Ortega Shingler by Rudy Ortega
Adriana Kell by Charles and Karen Greenleaf
Adriana Kell by Rabbi Richard Litvak
Tom O'Brien by Lois and Philip Bookman
Anna Antos by Norma Stanetz
Chris Farmer by Jerald and Terry Spodick
Cecile Mills by A. Richard and Patricia K. Anthony
Paul Parenti by Denise Ward
Paul Parenti by Mary Evans South
Paul Parenti by Karen Hall
Paul Parenti by Patricia Giuntini
Paul Parenti by Lawrence Biggam
Paul Parenti by Don Lane
Joan Somers by Dianne McDonnell
Byron by Albert and Anne Isaacs
Family by Jim Ivelich

In Honor
Bob Montague by Michael Archer and Nan Montague-Archer
Marc Godoy by Sharon Avery
Watsonville Public Library Staff by Carol C. Heitzig
Glenn and Adele Eberhart by Paula and Rusty Leffel
Sophie Folger by Jane Crowley
Brooke Sampson by Rudolph and Margaret Pedulla
Candice Elliott by Donna Elliott
Bob Montague by Stanley and Maria Bispo
Bob Montague by Brooke Sampson
Will Field by Jane Crowley
Bob Montague by Hugh and Karol Voris
Bob Montague by Resurrection Church
Carol Ortega by Rudy Ortega
Steve Henderson by Dan Carrillo
Chris and Steven Crowley by Jane Crowley
Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes volunteers by Candice Elliott

Honor a friend or loved one with a gift to Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes.
Your donation will provide nutritious food to local community members in need, and your honoree will be recognized in our e-newsletter and receive an acknowledgment by mail.
Donations can be mailed to us at 150 Second Street, Watsonville CA, 95076, or made through our website.

Volunteer Spotlight
Community Life Services

Partners in Service

Venessa Ledesma, Employment and Independent Living Specialist, with Brett Wright, pantry volunteer.
PVLF is truly a volunteer-supported organization – more than 300 people volunteered with us in 2018. Some of our most dedicated volunteers are participants from Community Life Services (CLS), a local non-profit organization that advances community support and opportunities for people with disabilities. The vision of CLS is to support people and relationships, build strong communities where people are respected and valued as contributing citizens, and to break down barriers that stand in the way of full community participation and inclusion.

CLS believes in empowering their participants through experiences, the dignity of work, and the importance of contributing to the community. They volunteer weekly at PVLF, in our Pantry and Kitchen programs, accompanied by their Employment and Independent Living Specialists. They provide valuable service to our organization, taking ownership and pride in their tasks. In turn, participants develop their existing skills, gain new job and communications skills, and learn to interact with diverse members of our community.

We are deeply appreciative of our on-going partnership with CLS, and are happy to welcome Jessica Liddy, South County Program Supervisor, to our Board of Directors.

Pantry volunteer Max Simecek, with Maura Leonor, Employment and Independent Living Specialist. 

Join Our Team for the 2019 Human Race - A Walk for Change

On Saturday, May 11th, join the Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes team for the Human Race – A Walk for Change. This annual walkathon and fun run, organized by the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, gathers over 2,000 participants representing non-profits, faith communities, and schools to raise needed funds. Participants must raise or donate $40 to the cause of their choice. All participants receive an event t-shirt.
The scenic five-mile course begins near Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz and travels West Cliff Drive to Light House Park and back. Race registration and continental breakfast begin at 8AM; the run begins at 9AM, with walkers departing immediately after. There are rest stations and entertainment along the route. The event culminates with a barbeque lunch, including family friendly activities.
For more event information, visit
   Interested in joining the fun? Contact PVLF Operations Manager Cecilia Cervantes to join the PVLF Human Race team, 831-319-4571,
   See you on race day, rain or shine!

Volunteer Opportunities

Turn your compassion into action.
Take a look at our opportunities and find where you can help!
Pantry, kitchen, and office shifts are available Monday through Friday. We especially need help in the afternoons.

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


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


Lunch Service
Mon-Fri 11:30am -1:30pm

Operations & Facilities
Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm

Contact us for more info or to sign up to volunteer!
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