Need is getting greater every year as nonprofit now serves an average of 12,000 meals each week

Photo courtesy Anne Santos with Loaves & Fishes
A group of volunteers from eBay help prepare meals at Loaves & Fishes kitchen in Morgan Hill.

A growling stomach can distract anyone, especially schoolchildren. But for many, it’s a daily occurrence. Since 1980, Loaves & Fishes has provided hot, nutritious meals to hungry Bay Area residents. Their noble efforts make an immeasurable difference to those they serve. And they do it quietly from South County.

Loaves & Fishes operates two centralized kitchens in Morgan Hill, at the Huntington and the Lodge, located on Butterfield Boulevard. In this extended partnership model, they rent workspaces for $1 per year, plus utilities, in exchange for providing meals to the residents. When their temperature-controlled delivery trucks arrive each weekday, they pack nutritious meals for distribution from Gilroy to South San Francisco. Their fleet brings an average of 12,000 meals per week to those who may not otherwise eat.

“Because of the kindness of the folks who manage the Huntington, we’re delighted to feed all the residents of the Huntington and the Lodge,” said Gisela Bushey, Loaves & Fishes CEO. “We’re cooking anyway. It’s been six years and it’s a lovely partnership. Everybody wins. This is something purposeful and purpose driven. As my mother would say, it’s a happy byproduct.”