Edible Monterey Bay, a quarterly magazine celebrating the local food and wine of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties, announced their 2013 Local Hero Award winners in the Spring issue. These awards are presented by Edible magazines across the country as a way to recognize local food producers and purveyors for their exceptional contributions to their communities. The winners are determined by readers through an online vote.
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project tied in voting for best nonprofit. Upon hearing of the award, Second Harvest CEO Willy Elliott-McCrea commented, “Cheap food and lack of access to fresh produce is what’s driving hunger and obesity here on the Central Coast. If we want to have a healthy and vibrant community, we have to have healthy food.”
Last year, 62.3% of all the food distributed by Second Harvest was fresh produce—the highest percentage in the nation. In addition, through our Nutrition Ambassador program, we have trained a countywide network of volunteers to help educate their peers about the relationship between good eating and good health.
Everyone at Second Harvest would like to thank the readers of Edible Monterey Bay for acknowledging our work with this award.