Mike Fisher, chief volunteer cook for Soup for Seniors. He returns to teaching culinary classes at SBHS on August 13. Photos courtesy of Becky Herbert.

Food / Dining

Soup for Seniors program receives Slow Food grant

$500 award will help with food distribution in San Benito County.

Previous Chamberlain’s resident Alimah with her son Khaine and husband Vincent on a recent visit. Photo provided by Chamberlain's.

Nonprofits

Chamberlain’s Youth Services staff reunites with former resident

At 21 years old, Alimah is currently trekking her way through school and doing a good job managing the challenges life throws us all.

Stuff the Bus, put on by United Way of San Benito County. File Photo.

Nonprofits

United Way calling for ‘Stuff the Bus’ volunteers

Volunteers will be given a timeframe to help fill backpacks, in order to comply with social distancing requirements.

Photo taken by Emilia Gonzalez from Panoche Elementary School.

Art & Culture

Rural students learn photography amid COVID-19 shutdown

Kirti Bassendine works with Jefferson and Panoche elementary schools on composition and framing.

JJ's Burgers owner Jesus Zavela. The burger joint is one of three San Juan Bautista restaurants participating in the Great Plates Delivered program. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Business / Economy

Great Plates Delivered lends a hand to seniors and restaurants

State-sponsored meal program runs through mid-June and aims to provide free breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Intero Real Estate in Hollister. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Local real estate group gives back

Intero of Hollister provides relief funding for community nonprofits.

Staff from Hazel Hawkins Memorial and St. Louise Regional hospitals were happy to receive their new supply of KN95 protective masks. Photos provided by Ana De Castro.

Nonprofits

Community Foundation helps with relief fund

$45,000 approved in disbursements so far, including emergency financial assistance, as well as support for immediate public health needs to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in San Benito County.

Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions being put in place, BenitoLink board members, journalists and staff met to discuss news coverage and the budget during their annual retreat in March. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Appreciation and support for local news expands during COVID-19

Four-hundred newsrooms, including BenitoLink, get boost of $5,000 for additional coronavirus-related reporting for their communities thanks to Facebook, Lenfest Institute and local news funders.

Photo provided by SNIP Bus.

Nonprofits

SNIP Bus receives additional medical vehicle

Donation will expand low-cost veterinary services.

Kids get exercise during a health and fitness lesson at the Emergency Pop Up Camp hosted by the YMCA of San Benito County. Photos provided by YMCA.

News

YMCA provides childcare for essential workers

Emergency Pop-Up Camp helps parents during COVID-19 outbreak.

Carlos P., 6th grader at HDLA school, participated in the Feb. 29 canvassing around Hollister. Photo courtesy of Youth Alliance.

Nonprofits

Youth Alliance canvasses in preparation for upcoming 2020 Census

More than 30 volunteers walk door-to-door to reach over 1,600 homes in Hollister.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Art & Culture

San Benito Stage Company to host third annual Casino Night

SBSC brings back popular event to support fundraising opportunities for actors, camp attendees and students.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Nonprofits

Friends of the Library to host 10th annual Tea and Treasures fundraiser

Fundraiser to feature brunch, raffle and silent auction.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Nonprofits

Pet Friends offers low cost spay and neuter program

The program offers residents a lower co-payment for services through a voucher system and/or direct financing.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

San Benito Lifestyle

Bethany Community Church to honor four at Martin Luther King Jr. awards breakfast

Honorees include deacon John Payne, Gavilan College President Kathleen Rose, Indian Canyon chairperson Ann-Marie Sayers and El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez.