Community Raises 3.6M Meals

Although the 2012 Holiday Food Drive officially ended on January 15th, it takes time for us to ensure that every pound of food donated has been weighed and every dollar added up before we announce the grand total. Volunteers have been sorting the food and our 200 member agencies have begun distributing it to hungry people throughout Santa Cruz County. The money raised will be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and protein to supplement the non-perishable items donated by our generous community. It is expected that the food collected will be enough to feed people through March, a period when the need is at its greatest.

PLT_SHFB_JAN31_Reveal After

Willy Elliott-McCrea, Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest announced the total number of meals raised on January 31st at a donor appreciation event sponsored by Plantronics and held at their corporate headquarters in Santa Cruz.


Willy Elliott-McCrea, Rene Schlaepfer, Mary Blanchard

Elliott-McCrea thanked all the donors, “I want to express my deepest appreciation for your support in 2012. Thanks to you, we reached our goal and even slightly exceeded it. Everyone did their part.”


Ken Kannappan

“Special thanks to our co-chairs Ken Kannappan, CEO of Plantronics and Rene Schlaepfer, Senior Pastor, Twin Lakes Church for all their leadership and energy,“ he added. “You inspired and rallied the community like never before.”


Ann Ferrante, Mary Solari, Earleen Overend

The 2012 Holiday Food Drive was a success due to the co-chairs’ vision and ability to communicate the opportunity to:

  • Build a compassionate community at work, at church and at school.
  • Transform this community by attacking child malnutrition.
  • Work together as a community to build a stronger path for all our youth through good nutrition, education and engagement.

Last year, Second Harvest’s Board of Trustees crafted a new 10-year vision, by 2022:

  • To eliminate child hunger and instill lifelong healthy eating habits
  • To ensure a brighter future for the youth and a healthy workforce
  • To reduce obesity by 10% through good nutrition and education
  • To reduce health costs for families, businesses and taxpayers.

Whether it’s the people needing temporary assistance or the people providing the means to supply that assistance—everything we do depends on the cooperation and support of our community. With your continued support, we will be able to change more lives for the better. Together, we make the difference.

Special thanks to the Plantronics team and Beauregard Vineyards for an amazing party.


Kelli Greene, Plantronics, Kathy MacLean, Second Harvest


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