Summer Fun at Second Harvest

A beautiful summer day, incredible locally grown fruits and vegetables, a delicious lunch prepared and served by Monterey Bay Teen Challenge, and Representative Sam Farr joining the Zumba class in our warehouse—our annual summer celebration had it all!

Lindsey from Lakeside Farms with Second Harvest's Director of Agency Network Services, Grace Galvan

Lindsey from Lakeside Organic Gardens with Second Harvest’s Director of Agency Network Services, Grace Galvan

The plan for SummerFest was to show off the local farmers that donate food to Second Harvest and the staff and volunteers who run the programs that get that food to people in need. Our Nutrition Programs group demonstrated recipes, shared nutrition tips and offered tastings. Our CalFresh team provided information on their outreach efforts.

Volunteer Mariel with Rosario Valerio, Nutrition Programs Manager, Second Harvest

Volunteer Mariel with Rosario Valerio, Nutrition Prog. Mgr., Second Harvest

Representative Sam Farr presented Willy Elliott-McCrea with a Special Congressional Recognition in honor of his 25 years serving as CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.  “The only way we can accomplish our healthcare goals is by ensuring everyone has access to nutritious food,” said Farr. “The crops we grow here are shipped all over the world. Today we are celebrating what Second Harvest does better than anyone else, making sure this food is available to people in need in our community.”

Representative Sam Farr with Second Harvest CEO, Willy Elliott-McCrea

Representative Sam Farr with Second Harvest CEO, Willy Elliott-McCrea

Clearly moved as he accepted the award, Elliott-McCrea thanked Representative Farr and the entire community for their dedication to ending hunger and malnutrition.

AmeriCorps volunteer, Adora DaCosta-Muniz leads a Zumba class

AmeriCorps volunteer, Adora DaCosta-Muniz, leads a Zumba class

 

Thanks to all of our volunteers, Kelli Greene and the always awesome Plantronics interns. Thanks to Monterey Bay Teen Challenge for the delicious lunch.

Special thanks to the food donors that participated: Driscoll’s, S. Martinelli & Co., Happy Boy Farms, Lakeside Organic Gardens, Sun Valley Berries, Sunridge Farms, ALBA Organics, and Watsonville Coast Produce.

Thanks to our Operations team! They made this event a success by doing what they do best—managing relationships with our food donors and distributing over 8.3M pounds of food annually (more than half of which are fresh fruits and vegetables).

Thanks also to our Nutrition Programs and CalFresh Outreach teams for providing low-income families in our community with the information and tools to help them be healthy.

Volunteers Fred, Robin and Cyndi with Danny Robles, Volunteer Services Manager, Second Harvest

Volunteers Fred, Robin and Cyndi with Danny Robles, Volunteer Services Manager, Second Harvest

Thanks to everyone in our community for your support. You make good things happen!

Read more about our Nutrition Programs: Food For Children and Passion For Produce.

Danny from Food Donor of the Year, Happy Boy Farms, with Grace

Danny from Food Donor of the Year, Happy Boy Farms, with Grace

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