Second Harvest served 1,917 households at our monthly Watsonville USDA distribution on Monday, December 9th. This is a 12% increase over November, which we anticipate and prepare for at this time of year, when more people are seasonally unemployed in the local area.
The USDA commodities included basic staples such as rice, beans, canned fruit and veggies, and cranberry sauce. We also distributed frozen spinach and Brussels sprouts. We were able to offer bread donated by Del Mar Foods in Watsonville and Oroweat in Santa Cruz, as well as fresh produce bags with pears, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions, and lettuce from local growers.
“We would like to give special thanks to our volunteers for assisting with the distribution, including packing over 1,900 bags of fresh produce, signing in families, handing out food, and answering Hotline calls,” said Brooke Johnson, Second Harvest’s Chief Operations & Programs Officer. “It was a very chilly day and we appreciate them braving the elements to help us serve the many local families in need at this time of year.”