Our Mission

To empower individuals and families experiencing food and housing insecurity with food literacy, life skills, and positive relationships. With our intentional community, we hope to inspire personal growth, independence, and balanced living.

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Our Programs

Project Access Nourishment

PAN is an eight-week cooking course that teaches participants how to obtain and cook affordable, whether on a Cal-Fresh and/or limited budget.

Community Health, Eating, and Wellness

CHEW offers life skills related to nutrition literacy, food shopping and budgeting. It provides opportunities for the community to gather for activities around eating, health, wellness, and overall balanced living.

Gaia’s Gift

Gaia’s Gift is Bread Head’s food pantry for those in need, providing fresh produce and grocery items, as well as some prepared food stuffs for immediate use.  Bread Head partners with local organizations, businesses, and donors to resource food to provide in Gaia’s Gift.  

Covid 19 Impact

The impact of Covid-19 on our community members has been significant; with limited or restricted opportunity for social interactions that connect our clientele to others and offer a sense of community, these heightened stressors are more difficult to manage. Bread Head has pivoted all of our programs to respond to the virus and its impact. 

We offer PAN and CHEW via remote and pre-taped video offerings to bridge community.  Gaia’s Gift is implemented utilizing up to date safety precautions for  Gaia’s Gift recipients and Bread Head team.  We recognize that a post Covid-19 world will offer opportunity to conduct our programs both in person on site at our Venice location and/or surrounds, as well as to continue remote programming in order to reach a larger audience, we are looking forward to those not so far off days!


Our Impact

Through the pandemic, we have been hard at work to continue to serve our members. Since July we’ve had:


321

Repeat participants in our Gaia’s Gift grocery assistance program


3181

Total meals served


139

Repeat participants in our Yoga classes


8

Youth yoga events in coordination with Community Partners


Upcoming Events

Want to see what Bread Head events are coming up? Take a look at our events page!


Volunteer Spotlight

Meet Murray!

I’m Murray Smith born in Michigan. I spent 8 years in Seattle before making the move to SUNNY Santa Monica. I’m a semi-retired graphic designer, still doing some non-profit work. I grew up going to the farmer’s market with my mom and LOVE fresh fruits and vegetables. I’m one of seven kids so she bought in bulk! 
Bread Head drew me in with their beautiful logo-it’s stunning! But it was/is their beautiful mission that keeps me involved. Food and community is important to me, I think it brings people together in a very natural way. In the past I made and served meals at SAMOSHEL (Santa Monica Shelter) and am currently a Meals on Wheels delivery person (shout out to Route 8!). I love walking into Bread Head on Fridays for Gaia’s Gift to see the abundance and the brilliance of the produce we have to offer our community. Everyone at Bread Head is so wonderful and they’ve made me feel very welcome-I’m so glad that logo caught my eye.

Board of Directors

Chair of the Board/Founder

Celeste Baker

Board Treasurer/Secretary

Monique Katsanis

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Tyler Morris

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Niloo Fotouhi