On the second Monday of every month, USDA food is distributed at Second Harvest’s warehouse in Watsonville. In December, 2033 people lined up for food, an increase of 5.5% over the same month last year. Although the number of people needing food is always higher in the winter when there is less work, it is dismaying to see an increase such as this.
The good news is that in addition to basic staple foods such as rice, beans and tomato sauce, the USDA provided ten-pound bags of chicken quarters. Second Harvest added plentiful bags of fresh produce including potatoes, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, cardoons, apples and more. The fresh vegetables and lean protein will enable people to prepare several healthy warming meals as the temperature drops.