Holiday Events Help Fight Hunger

Here’s a list of holiday events in Santa Cruz County where you can donate non-perishable food for your neighbors in need. Several local businesses are offering special discounts with a donation. So get out there and have some fun, support local businesses and help nourish hungry people in our community! Thanks!

Special Events

Thursday, December 6th

Cabrillo College BBQ, Campus Quad, Lunch is $3 (portion of proceeds donated)

Santa Cruz Snow Night,  5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Cooper and Pacific Streets. Donate non-perishable food.

 Friday, December 7th

Museum of Art and History First Friday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Live music, food and beverages (portion of proceeds donated).

Saturday, December 8th

Holiday Traditions in the Plaza, Watsonville City Plaza, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Bring a can of food to build the Holiday Can Tree. 

Aptos Village Holiday Tree Lighting, 100 Aptos Creek Road, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Donate non-perishable food or a new unwrapped toy.

New Leaf Community Market Holiday Event, 1101 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Live music, food, wine tasting and raffle (portion of proceeds donated).

Sunday, December 9th

Watsonville Snow Night, Peck and Union Street (adjacent to City Plaza), 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (tree lighting at 6:30). Donate one can of food for admission.

Wednesday, December 12th

Aptos Chamber Holiday Mixer, Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Live music, food, raffle (portion of proceeds donated).

Saturday, December 15th

Will Swim for Food, Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, 9:00 am. Visit web site to sponsor a swimmer.

Santa Cruz Movie Day (Finding Nemo), Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Avenue, 10:00 am. Donate non-perishable food in barrels.

Ongoing Events

Cruzio Donation Match, 877 Cedar St., Suite 150, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Customer donations to Second Harvest matched for up to $1,000 total through December 31st. Mail checks made out Second Harvest Food Bank to Cruzio and Cruzio will bundle your check with their match.

Great Clips, Safeway Center at Freedom & Airport, Freedom

Bring some cans with you and they’ll take $2.00 off your bill (through Christmas).

Green Valley Cinema, 1125 South Green Valley Road, Watsonville

Bring in cans and receive a courtesy size popcorn (through Christmas).

Safeway Food Drive, all stores in Santa Cruz County

Donate non-perishable food items or purchase a $10.00 pre-packed bag through December 20th.

Strike Out Hunger, Boardwalk Bowl, 115 Cliff Street, Santa Cruz

Donate a can of food for a free game (one free game per person, per day) through December 31st.

Second Harvest in the Capitola Mall

Located near the entrance to Sears. Donate non-perishable food items, take a photo with Kate, and pick up supplies for your own Holiday Food Drive. Hours vary. Open through January.

Don’t forget, you can drop off donations at fire stations, libraries and post offices throughout Santa Cruz County.

Thank you to everyone for once again showing what a generous and compassionate community we live in. Together, we make a difference.


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