Happy Spring!

We’re excited to focus on what’s growing around here and our volunteers in this newsletter, starting with recent volunteer spotlights. For spring, we’re highlighting four volunteers. One of our kitchen volunteers, Adriana Saldana, decided to spend most of her sabbatical volunteering with us in the kitchen and in the dish pit. Kris Apulstill volunteers with his support person Diane, and together they help sort bread and prepare pantry bags. Priscilla Quintero assists with cooking the daily meal, making time for volunteering while in school full-time. Finally, Peter Carr; helps unload pallets from Second Harvest Food Bank and stock our storage bin. 

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we have many diverse opportunities! Currently, we need volunteers on Wednesday the most. Head to our website or contact our volunteer coordinator Cecilia to sign up!

If you have volunteered with us, please consider filling out our volunteer satisfaction survey. This is a quick, five-minute survey designed to strengthen our volunteering program and Loaves & Fishes.

Click here to take the survey!
Executive Director Ashley Bridges and Volunteer Jim Enloe pose in front of our garden while hauling buckets of dirt

Spring has sprung here at Loaves and Fishes, and we are fortunate to have a brand new garden box made by volunteer Jim Enloe. In March, it was an all-hands-on-deck effort to get the new bed into the garden, an assembly line of dirt-filled buckets passing between hands. But it’s all worth it, as we now have lettuce, cabbage, and spinach filling the rows.

A bowl of fresh lettuce picked from the garden boxes
These greens are sent straight to our kitchen and chopped up into the daily salad. Later in summer, we’re hoping for sweet peas, tomatoes, zucchini, and cilantro!

If you have a garden at home, we’re always accepting donations of fresh produce! An overproductive lemon tree or a bumper crop of squash is put to good use here at PVLF.

The pantry program has been thriving lately, primarily due to our staff members Cecilia and Jeanette working hard to provide free healthy groceries to the community. During March, the pantry assisted over 750 unique families with staples that they can expect and rely on for menu planning, like canned tomatoes and tuna.

Jeanette stocks a shelf full of bonus items that clients can pick and choose from, adding variety. Recently, this shelf has featured fresh milk, walnuts, cereal, dried ancho chiles, frozen mango, and the most popular item, pistachios!

“Clients like receiving these bonus items; it’s a nice treat for themselves and their families.” 

Thanks, Jeanette! 

 PVLF Community Grocery Program is a collective giving fund to support our pantry services. A small monthly contribution can make a difference to help hundreds of households receive healthy staples and fresh produce.

Monthly donors create a reliable funding source year-round to support families facing food insecurity. You can make a direct impact today by signing up here or picking up a donation card at PVLF.

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