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Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

"You have not lived today until you have done something for someone
who can never repay you."
- John Bunyan

2016 Bob Montague Volunteer Award winners and long-time volunteers,
Corrine Flanagan (left) and Lin Colavin
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  • Thanksgiving Lunch - November 24th
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  • Graphic Design Work
  • Laundry Volunteer
  • Needed Foods:
    - Frozen Ground Beef
    - Peanut Butter
    - Canned Chili
    - Canned Soups

2016 Bob Montague Volunteer Award Winners Honored at Empty Bowls Event

We were proud to honor two dedicated, long-time Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes volunteers at our 13th Annual Empty Bowls event on September 10th. Lin Colavin and Corrine Flanagan are the very deserving recipients of this year's Bob Montague Volunteer Award. This award recognizes dedication and significant contributions to our mission and the community we serve.

Lin first attended our annual Empty Bowls event in 2005, where she met Bob Montague and was inspired by his passion for our mission. She began volunteering in 2006, as a member of our Empty Bowls committee. She continues to work on our annual event, energetically representing our cause to end hunger in her outreach to local ceramics artists and students that have now donated thousands of handmade bowls to support our annual fundraiser.

In addition, Lin expresses her passion for creating positive community change by dedicating her time as a weekly volunteer in our kitchen. She ably assists our Kitchen Manager Maria Gonzalez in preparing and serving meals. "I really enjoy working with Lin," Maria says, "she is very helpful and a lovely person."

Lin brings tremendous compassion and valuable insight from her career in mental health services to her interactions with our lunch program participants. She currently serves on our Board of Directors.
Lin Colavin (left) volunteers every Monday in our kitchen. Our lunch program participants appreciate the colorful salads that Lin prepares each week with local, seasonal produce.
Corrine has also been involved at PVLF for more than a decade. She served as a Board member and officer for several years and is also a key member of our Empty Bowls committee. Since her retirement from Watsonville Community Hospital, where she served the local community for many years as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, Corrine has volunteered weekly at PVLF as a member of our pantry team, providing food assistance to up to 40 households per day.

Corrine contributes her many skills to our pantry operation, assisting local families with non-perishable grocery staples and fresh produce. She helps with client intake in both English and Spanish, ensures the pantry area is well-stocked and organized to expedite service, and assists our clients with grace and composure despite the sometimes hectic pace. She is cheerful and kind to those we serve, putting them at ease and serving them with respect.

Colleen Walsh, our AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, appreciates Corrine's enthusiasm for our work, observing, "Her love of food and sharing it with others makes her a genuine, inspiring volunteer that works directly towards our mission to create a healthier community."

We are so grateful to Lin and Corrine for their service to Pajaro Valley residents in need, for their leadership and support of our organization, and for being ambassadors for our mission in the community. In addition to their own efforts, they have both multiplied their generous contributions to PVLF by involving others in our work as volunteers and supporters.

Thank you, Lin and Corrine!
Corrine Flanagan (pictured far right) assists in our pantry program every Thursday. She uses her Spanish fluency to assist our monolingual clients.
Our annual volunteer award, recognizing dedication and significant contributions to our mission and the community we serve, is named in honor of Bob Montague, PVLF volunteer from 2000 to present. Bob has been a key leader of the organization over the years, serving in many roles including Board President, Treasurer and bookkeeper, and interim Director. Throughout his tenure as a volunteer, he has coordinated food acquisitions from Second Harvest Food Bank and managed our food inventory. For his leadership, his thousands of hours of volunteer work, and his outstanding example of service, he has been honored as a Community Hero by the United Way and a Hunger Fighter by Second Harvest Food Bank.
Bob Montague with our long-time former Pantry Manager, Vicky Caballero.

Thank You
for Making Our 13th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner & Auction a Success!

Many thanks to all the generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, and attendees that made our 13th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner and Auction such a success!

Together, we raised over $86,000 to sustain our food assistance programs throughout the year, including almost $20,000 to purchase additional healthy proteins to increase the nutritional quality of the lunches we serve.

PVLF Launches Improved Website

We are pleased to announce the recent launch of our re-designed, mobile-friendly website. The website includes information about our organization, programs, and volunteer opportunities.

Special thanks to Tom Sak, long-time IT volunteer and webmaster; Roger Vail, volunteer photographer; Eric Gonzalez, Pantry Coordinator; and Colleen Walsh, AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, for their work to design, create, and maintain the improved website.

Visit us online at
from your computer, tablet, or mobile phone to see our new digital look!

Volunteer Feedback Survey

Whether you've volunteered at PVLF for ten hours or ten years, your
feedback ensures that we can support our incredible team of do-ers in
our efforts to end hunger! Your opinion is invaluable to us, in better understanding the experiences of our diverse volunteers.
Please share and help guide us in making program improvements.

Please Complete Our Volunteer Survey
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Volunteer Spotlight
Angeli Jimenez
Creating Community with Compassion

                Angeli poses with one of her favorite pieces of flair: a leopard print kitchen cap!

PVLF thanks Angeli Jimenez for her hard work and gregarious spirit during the past 6 months! She joined the kitchen team in February as a participant of Peninsula Family Services, a local job training program that places individuals who are 55 years or older in fulfilling work experiences. She is a long-time resident of Watsonville and the surrounding Monterey Bay, and it is due to her love for her community that she pours her heart into everything she does!

Angeli’s dedication to PVLF reflects her passion for working alongside others for a common cause. Since her first day in the kitchen, Angeli has grown to become a tremendous role model for all. She is quick to make others feel comfortable by showing them how they can help or where to find something. Her sense of community at PVLF is powerful and admirable, reminding us all how truly enjoyable it is to give back. She also brings plenty of personal flair while maintaining a humble attitude.
Amid the echo of afternoon kitchen laughter, Angeli said has many times, “I’ve never worked in a place before where people are able have as much fun as they do here!” She consistently keeps the kitchen chit-chat interesting and makes a point to welcome new faces with a smile, a curious question, and a great conversation starter! Angeli’s ability to talk to anyone, no matter what their age or background, creates a camaraderie that keeps a diverse group of volunteers connected and inspired.
As much as we value the hard work at PVLF that goes into feeding thousands of people, the fun of being an essential part of it all is what keeps our cause alive. Angeli exemplifies that strong compassion is contagious, and we thank her for sharing her generosity!

Volunteer Opportunities

Turn your compassion into action.
Take a look at our opportunities and find where you can help!

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 8am-4:30pm
Second Harvest Pick-Up and Delivery
Tues / Thurs 8:00am-9:00am: Select produce from warehouse and unload
Thurs 1:00pm-3:00pm: 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 sign up to volunteer!
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