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Review for LOAVES AND FISHES OF CONTRA COSTA, Martinez, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Every weekday Loaves & Fishes of Contra Costa produces 800 meals to be served @ 5 sites in Contra Costa County. They give anyone who is hungry a place to sit, enjoy a hot meal with salad and get out of the weather. They also have teamed up with The Food Band of Contra Costa & Solano to distribute food bags. This is a great non-profit that runs very bare bones. They pick up donations from food partners and use that food to serve the meal of the day. Most of the money raised is used directly to feed the hungry. Most of the staff are part-time. They could always use volunteer help, donations or both. If you are a food operation in Contra Costa please consider donating any excess food to LFCC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue future partnerships like the Pittsburg site with Saint Vincent De Paul.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field
 

Review for Project Open Hand, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Project Open Hand is a great asset to the communities of San Francisco & Alameda Counties. I worked for POH as the Executive Chef for 12 years (1997-2009). I saw first hand what the Volunteers and Staff do everyday. This amazing non-profit was started by a retired grandmother who cared enough to make sure people who were sick had a hot nutritious meal. She knew that food created health. She knew that food =love. And everyday since volunteers and staff start early in the morning and work until 8 pm at night to fulfill Ruth's mission. providing a meal with love. Today over 2,600 meals a day are produced out of our Polk Street kitchen. Though I no longer stir the pots @ Project Open Hand, I always remember this as the best job I ever had. Because at the end of each day I knew that we made a difference in the community. POH is LOVE.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If they had the funds I would open the door to whoever needed the food. In the real world there are limits, but in a perfect world they would feed everyone who truly needed a hot meal.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field

Thanks, Chef Mike!