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Celebrating 40 Years of Caring and Compassion

As the year draws to a close and we embrace the festive spirit, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude and extend warm holiday greetings to each and every one of you. We are humbled by the collective efforts and dedication that have brought us to this point, but we still need your help. We kindly ask for a renewed commitment to our mission from our supporters during this time of giving as donations have significantly declined and LFCC services have increased to meet the heightened demand. We are currently operating under a budget deficit.

This year is particularly special as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. Since our establishment in 1983, Loaves and Fishes has tirelessly dedicated itself to alleviating hunger throughout Contra Costa County. Over the years, we have grown into a dynamic organization with five dining rooms and a mobile unit, all committed to delivering hot and nutritious meals to those in need. To date, we have proudly served 6 million meals to countless individuals. In our most recent fiscal year, we achieved significant milestones by providing 388,996 meals and distributing more than 241 tons of groceries. This is FOUR times as many meals per day as we did before the pandemic.

According to data released by Feeding America, Contra Costa County is grappling with a food insecurity rate of 7.5%, impacting around 87,070 individuals. This means that many of our neighbors are experiencing hunger and are compelled to make difficult choices between buying food and covering essential expenses like housing, healthcare, and utilities. County-wide, more community members than ever before are relying on us for hot meals and groceries. With high inflation and CalFresh food assistance declining, there is a surge in demand for food.

Join us in celebrating our 40th anniversary in a meaningful way! Your donation will not only help us reach our 40th-anniversary goal but also create a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, joyous, and blessed holiday season. Here’s to a new year filled with fresh opportunities, continued growth, and the fulfillment of our shared mission.

With warm regards and best wishes,

Janette Kennedy,
Executive Director, Development and External Relations

Jolene Lafayette,
Executive Director, Operation

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