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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes



"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
                                                          - Alan Alexander Milne
The very first photo of PVLF's Pantry Manager Vicky Caballero
when she started in 2008.
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  • Graphic Design Work
  • Laundry Volunteer
  • Needed Foods:
    - Frozen Ground Beef
    - Peanut Butter
    - Canned Chili
    - Canned Soups

PVLF Grand Re-Opening



On Thursday, May 26th, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes hosted its second annual Spring Reception. A public event, PVLF opened it's doors to community friends and supporters for a wonderful evening of celebration in honor of our recent construction projects. Guests who represented all walks of the Pajaro Valley joined us for the celebration, honoring our shared passions for
equity and dignity in our food system.

Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers prepared by chefs Jesse Plasencia, Patrick Sigler, and Ballesteros Catering. Watsonville's own Beer Church shared their delicious brew with us, and DeColores Flores adorned our facility
with beautiful seasonal flowers. Members of the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting in front of our new ADA compliant ramp.

We deeply thank all of the donors, volunteers, businesses and supporters
who made our remodeling projects possible.
Because of you, thousands of families have food on their tables.

Please click here to see the full list of contributors and here to access a full photo album of PVLF's Spring Reception and Grand Re-Opening.




Watsonville Mayor Felipe Hernandez presents PVLF Executive Director Kristal Caballero and Board President JM Brown with a proclamation in honor PVLF's essential community service.



Volunteer Project Manager Joann Godoy, who oversaw the remodeling project, and Mike Chavez of Chavez Painting cut the ribbon to together to officiate our grand re-opening.


 Community leaders and PVLF supporters gather around and enjoy some great food baked and prepared by local chefs.


Jenni and Robby of Beer Church Watsonville providing us with delicious home-made micro brews. Cheers!


Loaves and Fishes volunteers come to show their support and share their passion for food justice.

Empty Bowls
September 10th  5-9pm


 


  Sponsorship oppurtunities and tickets are now available for Empty Bowls 2016!

Pajaro Dunes, one of our generous sponsors, provides the location for this event at the beautiful Shorebirds Lagoon House on Saturday, September 10 2016, from 5 to 9 pm. Each guest will select a beautiful, one-of-a-kind bowl created by a local artist especially for our event. Our guests will enjoy live music, fine wines, gourmet appetizers, scrumptious salads and soups,and delightful desserts along with exquisite silent and live auction items.
BUY TICKETS NOW

Goodbye Vicky


On Friday June 10th, PVLF said "goodbye" to our long-time Pantry Manager Eduviges "Vicky" Caballero. After 9 years of incredible service to the community, Vicky decided to relocate to Ohio to be closer to her family.
Please enjoy Vicky's farewell letter below:

______________________________________________________
 
To my dear friends and fellow supporters of PV Loaves and Fishes,
 
I am saddened to announce that after 9 years of working for PV Loaves and Fishes I have resigned from my position. As many of you know, I have devoted myself to this organization and have truly enjoyed every second of it.
 
With the sadness in my heart and butterflies in my stomach, I want to sincerely thank everyone whom I have met and worked with at PV Loaves and Fishes. Every client and volunteer I have met has left a stamp on my life. The Vicky who arrived to work at PV Loaves and Fishes on her first day in the pantry is not the same woman that she is today. Thank you to everyone who has helped me become a better human being.  Through you all I have found my own deep well of respect, compassion and above all, LOVE.  I leave with tears in my eyes, full of all these things.
 
I am departing PV Loaves and Fishes due to my relocation, in order to be closer to my children and grandchildren. It has been a pleasure to work for such an amazing organization. I go forward with my head held high knowing that I was able to assist countless people in the community. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to my friends and colleagues. I have learned a great deal from you and will miss the organization. It has been a great pleasure working with you all. I wish PV Loaves and Fishes the best of luck with its future endeavors.
 
Sincerely,
Eduviges Caballero (Vicky)

 

 
Thank you Vicky, for helping thousands of families and children access the food they need to thrive. Your service to PVLF and the community will be unmatched. Thank you for paving the way for others to follow!

We're Hiring!
Pantry Coordinator



We are looking for a highly motivated, detail-oriented and energetic person to join our staff as our Pantry Coordinator. Under the direction of the Executive Director, this position is responsible for ensuring and improving the performance, productivity, and efficiency of our Pantry Program. The Pantry Coordinator will assist in data maintenance and reporting, program development, community interaction and outreach, and pantry volunteer training and supervision.

Please click here for the full job description. 

PVLF Welcomes New Board Members



Loaves and Fishes is excited to introduce our amazing new Board members!

 

Candice Elliot 

Candice Elliott is the Human Resources Manager for The Glass Jar, a company focused on local sourcing, sustainability and community.  They operate The Penny Ice Creamery, The Picnic Basket, Assembly and PopUp in Santa Cruz, CA.  Her background includes years of teaching, entrepreneurship, volunteerism and leadership.  In 2016 she will complete her Masters in Human Resources and Employment Relations with Pennsylvania State University and hopes to attain her SPHR certification.  She believes that healthy food and community are the foundations which help people realize their dreams and
is excited to dedicate her skill set to PVLF.



Cathy Hsu

As the Director of Institutional Giving at Second Harvest Food Bank, Cathy oversees grant writing and grant management to ensure good nutrition in Santa Cruz County. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, her background includes food policy and nutrition program design and evaluation.  She has done advocacy at the State Capitol, data analysis in Silicon Valley and community organizing in rural Haiti.  Above all, she loves good food and strong community.



Felicita "Cita" Rasul

Cita Rasul is the Outreach and Recruitment Manager for CASA, a nonprofit organization serving children in foster care within Santa Cruz County.  A Santa Cruz County native, Cita has seen how PVLF has grown over the years and appreciates joining a team of both long-term and new volunteers who are dedicated to providing nourishment with dignity to our community.

 

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
1:00pm-3:30pm

 

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

 

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

Operations Specialists
Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm
 
Second Harvest Pick-Up and Delivery
Tues 8am-9am: Select produce from warehouse and unload
Thurs 1pm-3pm: Receive delivery at Loaves and Fishes


Laundry Assistants
Help out our kitchen and volunteer to pick-up, wash, and drop-off our laundry loads! This is a great way to help out a whole LOT in a short amount of time.
Monday, Tuesday, Friday.
Days and times are flexible / may vary

Contact Colleen for more info or to volunteer!
 

Lend a Hand to Quality
Produce Selection!


Second Harvest Food Bank Produce Pick-ups
 
      

Twice a week, PVLF makes a trip to Second Harvest Food Bank to hand-select fresh produce to deliver to the pantry and kitchen. Volunteers are needed to help pack fruits and veggies into boxes and transport them safely. Individuals who enjoy behind-the-scenes operations and active tasks are a great fit!

Produce selection volunteers receive the opportunity to connect with the nice folks at Second Harvest Food Bank and represent PVLF to the wider community. It is a great way to directly provide PVLF with fresh, healthy food!  

Shifts are approximately 2hrs, from 8am-10am.

Contact Colleen at (831) 319-4571 or volunteer@pvloavesandfishes.org

Volunteer Spotlight

Eric Gonzalez and DeVon Espinoza


                  
 
This duo provides PVLF with invaluable support. Both began as eager volunteers who helped everywhere from the kitchen to assisting with produce pick-ups at Second Harvest Food Bank. Each eventually began participating in PVLF's Work Exchange Partnership, CET (Center for Employment Training), to
become strong full-time volunteers!

Since Eric began volunteering in October, he has been an essential part of PVLF's operations. His strong attention to detail and ability to handle multiple projects at once has made him an asset in our administrative office, where he has worked on procedures documentation and program implementation.

DeVon’s public health experience makes him highly valuable to PVLF. An AmeriCorps alumn, DeVon is serving as our interim Pantry Coordinator as we recruit for the position. His friendly, calm demeanor makes him highly successful working with our client families and training our pantry volunteers.

Thank you Eric and DeVon for ALL your hard work at PVLF, and for your great help with the busy events in the past few months!
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