Second Harvest’s food comes from
Strong partnerships & smart shopping!

In 2016-2017, Second Harvest sourced
8,646,367 pounds of food

  1. The California Association of Food Banks (CAFB)—We receive 60% of our produce from CAFB. We acquire Grade B produce (still perfectly delicious and nutritious) for pennies per pound. Learn more…
  2. Food industry partners—Many local farms donate Grade B produce, excess, and field gleanings. We also swap with other area food banks—when one of us has surplus, we send it to another that needs it.
  3. Local grocers and food distributors—We receive excess and salvage—food that is too close to its end date to put on a store shelf, but can be used by us quickly.
  4. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)—We receive funds based on county demographic data to order commodities (typically rice, beans, green beans, and peas).
  5. Purchased Food—We purchase high-demand staples such as peanut butter, canned peaches and pears, black beans, rice, and low-sugar cereals at wholesale prices. We give a 25% discount to our agencies and provide grants to offset the costs of these food purchases.
  6. Ag Against Hunger—Over 50 local growers and shippers donate surplus and unharvested produce to Ag Against Hunger. We pay $75 for a truckload and call for extra produce when necessary. Learn more…
  7. Community food drives—The annual Holiday Food Drive and National Association of Letter Carriers’ food drive bring in thousands and thousands of pounds every year, help raise awareness, and get the whole community involved in helping neighbors in need.

 … All of which helps explain how
Second Harvest provides 4 healthy meals for every $1 donated

Food Industry Partners

A & I Trucking
Ag Against Hunger
American Red Cross
Aromas Produce
Beckmann Bakery
Berry Chill
CA Association of Food Banks
California Foodlink USDA DDD
Central Cold Storage
Coke Farms Inc
Community Donors
Del Mar Food Products Corp
Dirty Girl Produce
Dreisbach Hilltop
Driscoll Strawberry Aromas

Falcon Trading
Farmhouse Culture
Field Fresh Farm
Fitz Fresh Mushrooms
Food Drive Santa Cruz County
Goodwill Industries
Grocery Outlet Watsonville
HA Rider & Sons
Happy Boy Farms
Hikari Farms
Jacobs Farm Del Cabo
JW Produce Organic
La Princesa Market
La Rosa Tortillas
Lakeside Organic Gardens LLC
Live Earth Farms Discovery Program

Miyashita Nursery
Monterey County Food Bank
Monterey Mushrooms
Nagamine Nursery
Nestle USA, Inc.
New Leaf Community Markets
Oroweat Foods Co
Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes
Pepperidge Farm
Performance Foodservice-Ledyard
Phil Foster Ranches
Planasa, LLC
Raleys Nob Hill Capitola
Raleys Nob Hill Scotts Valley
Raleys Nob Hill Watsonville
Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard

Safeway Salvage
SaveMart Capitola
SHFB Santa Clara San Mateo
Smith & Vandiver
Sweet Earth
Target Capitola
Target Watsonville
Thomas Farm
Tropicana Products
UC Santa Cruz
Vasquez Farms
Viridis Aquaponic Growers
Watsonville Berry Co-op
Watsonville Coast Produce
Whiskey Hill Farms
Whole Foods Market Capitola