Holiday Food Drive Happenings

The Holiday Food Drive is kicking into high gear and there is so much going on here at Second Harvest and out in the community. Lots of visitors have been stopping by the warehouse for tours and new fund raising events are popping up every week. It’s busy!

Here are some highlights from the past few weeks:


Bard on the Run Players, in conjunction with Christ Lutheran Church, Aptos, raised 1,992 meals with their production of Shakespeare Meets Law & Order.

Hilary Bryant, City of Santa Cruz Councilmember and Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary member, raised 2,468 meals with donations from her birthday party.

Windy Oaks Estate Winery & Vineyards in Corralitos raised 4,000 meals with funds donated at their Barrel Tasting event.

Nate, Ryan, Nolan, Otis, Victor, Devon, Jake, Blake, Dalton

Nine pals from New Brighton Middle School dropped off Second Harvest donation bags in the Hilltop neighborhood of Soquel and collected the donations on Halloween. Their parents helped organize the effort. Brooke Johnson, Chief Operations and Programs Officer at Second Harvest and Shawn Hatjes, Grind Out Hunger Coordinator, led the group on a tour of our facility when they dropped off the food. They raised 544 meals!


We encourage people to come and tour the Second Harvest warehouse to learn more about all that we do and how we do it. It’s usually quite an eye opener. On any given day, we have between 800,000 and 900,000 pounds in inventory that is distributed through our network of 200 agencies and programs. We would love for everyone to see our facility and learn more about our nutrition education, outreach and advocacy programs.

Danny with kids in warehouse

Shawn Hatjes, Grind Out Hunger Coordinator and Danny Keith, Chief Development & Technology Officer, Second Harvest, took some enthusiastic students from Santa Cruz Montessori on tours of the warehouse.

EMSIA and Santa Cruz Fire Chiefs with Willy

The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary, Aptos Chamber Board of Directors, Emergency Medical Services Integration Authority (EMSIA) and Santa Cruz County Fire Chief’s Association held their meetings in our conference room before touring the facility with Second Harvest’s Chief Executive Officer, Willy Elliott-McCrea.

Willy wraps up tour with Sunrise Rotary

Our goal for the Holiday Food Drive is 2.5 million pounds. Thanks to everyone for their outstanding efforts to help our neighbors in need this winter.

You can make a difference. Get involved.






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