LOAVES AND FISHES OF CONTRA COSTA

Nourishing Lives in Contra Costa County

aka Loaves & Fishes Contra Costa   |   Martinez, CA   |  www.loavesfishescc.org

Mission

The mission of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa is to provide community based food programs and partner services that focus on basic needs. We nourish lives!

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Joleen Lafayette

Main address

835 Ferry Street

Martinez, CA 94553 USA

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EIN

68-0018077

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Many Americans are one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity. Even as our economy is better, unemployment rates may be lower, the stock market is up and the housing market is once again at an all-time high there is still a need for LFCC services in Contra Costa County. CCC still has a homeless population that are living on the streets, and very low to low income residents who can no longer afford to purchase a home or rent. There are more and more seniors who are being pushed out of their homes because they can no longer afford the rent. 1,200-1,500 people living in Contra Costa rely on the Loaves and Fishes program each year for healthy food for themselves and or family. Loaves and Fishes has been in Contra Costa since 1983 and is a reliable source of healthy food for many individuals and families living in CCC.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Loaves and Fishes Hot Meal Program

The purpose of the Loaves and Fishes program is to Nourish the Lives of the needy living in Contra Costa by providing meals and groceries to people who cannot afford to feed themselves or family a nutritious meal. Loaves and Fishes prides itself on providing a well-balanced meal, low in salt and with a daily emphasis on a fresh green salad, a seasonal fresh fruit salad and hot entrée. In the last 2 years we have worked very hard to expand our mission with the goal to do more for our clients. We have expanded our mission by collaborating with other organizations that provide safety net services that can be provided to our clients. Also, LFCC started a mailbox program that allows homeless residents to have a mailing address. Having a mailing address is important for our clients for communication with family members and necessary for employment applications. We have 32 boxes and they are available to our clients on a first come, first serve basis.

There is a tremendous need for our services with more than 2,295 homeless people in Contra Costa County (Contra Costa Health Services count in 2019). LFCC not only serves homeless, but low to very low income individuals recently out of work/unemployed, underemployed, disabled and families (some with young children). Every morning there is a line of people waiting for the dining rooms to open.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The culinary industry is one of the fasting growing industries in Contra Costa County. As the January 25, 2017 issue of the East Bay Times stated in its lead article that day: Trouble In Foodie Heaven: “Upwards of 60 restaurants around the Bay Area have closed since the start of September (2016) alone, with many citing difficulties like the cost of finding and keeping good employees….” The article highlight that good employees are hard to find. Some cite the growing competition with good paying culinary jobs at Silicon Valley corporations. The bottom line is that careers in this area for well trained and motivated students are available.

Loaves and Fishes is offering a free basic introductory Culinary Arts program for individuals interested in the culinary industry and experiencing barriers to employment. This training program teaches basic culinary skills needed to qualify as a candidate for a starting position within the Culinary Industry and Hospitality Industry. The sessions run Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday 2:00-6:00pm for 10 weeks .

The program includes training in the basics of a commercial kitchen, job retention and life skills. Our vision is to provide better preparation opportunities for students to obtain jobs that will lead to true careers and financial independence. Students will also be introduced to the robust Culinary Arts program at Diablo Valley College, and provide help in obtaining jobs in the culinary field. Upon completion of this class each student will have earned the requisite Safety and Sanitation License (ServSafe Certificate) required by law for all food related service workers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of meals served for fiscal year July1-June 30.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status, Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Loaves and Fishes counts the number of Meals served daily. The number of people we serve daily is an estimate.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa is to provide community based food programs and partner services that focus on basic needs. We nourish lives!

We prepare and serve a hot meal Monday thru Friday at four dining room locations throughout Contra Costa County. Through personal donations, and food partners, we are able to offer a food pantry, where our clients can take food home with them.

Loaves & Fishes is staffed mostly by volunteers from the community, with approximately 700 volunteers preparing and serving food 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Our program is 98% volunteer.  Loaves & Fishes is supported 99% by individual and company donations and food sponsorships.

Loaves and Fishes Served over 133,000 healthy meals to the hungry living in Contra Costa County last year. We also have a robust food pantry serving over 357 tons of groceries. Also we partner with other nonprofit organizations to help our clients in other areas such as housing healthcare and cell phone usage.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LOAVES AND FISHES OF CONTRA COSTA

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Introcaso

Kaiperm Credit Union

Term: 2013 -

Rhea Bennett

Retired teacher

Karen Introcaso

Kaiperm Credit Union

Marlene G Haws

Realtor

Steve Wallace

JS Wallace Construction

Geoffrey Disch

Green Escrow Services

Stephen Hitchcock

Wells Fargo Bank

Brian Siebold

BAC Community Bank

David Gerson

Retired Attorney

Tammy Gard

Shell Oil Co

Reid Edwards

Retired, Public Relations

Neil Roscoe

CFO Marin Sanitary

Michelle Monaco

Banker, Mechanics Bank

Pam Price-Bergquist

Cisco Systems

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/1/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data