At Loaves and Fishes, a warm meal is only the beginning

(Photo Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Tina Loyola Cabral is the friendly face dozens of people see when they come to American Legion Hall in Antioch for a warm meal, courtesy of Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County.

She bustles around the room, making sure the groceries from local food banks have arrived, volunteers and staff have the supplies they need and everyone gets their meals as well as what she calls “blessings bags,” which contain toiletries and other necessities that people struggling with poverty or homelessness could use.

She’s a ball of energy whose fulfillment comes in seeing how grateful or relieved the Loaves and Fishes clients are to be there.

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