Second Harvest staff members welcomed more than 100 guests to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held on March 29th in our Watsonville warehouse. These dedicated volunteers, some of whom have been giving their time for decades, are the heart and soul of the food bank. There is no way we could provide as many meals as we do without their help.
Guests had a chance to talk with old friends before sitting down for the meal and presentations. Second Harvest CEO, Willy Elliott-McCrea, welcomed everyone and thanked them for their compassion. “You are the people who help pack and distribute the food, work with the agencies, coordinate food drives, teach healthy eating, and cook, grow and harvest healthy food. Together we are making a difference.”
Javier Gomez, representing Assemblymember Luis Alejo, presented Judy Cabanban with a proclamation from the California State Assembly in recognition of her more than 30 years volunteering at the food bank. You can read more about Judy here.
Several Second Harvest staff members talked about the different types of work volunteers do both at the warehouse and throughout Santa Cruz County. Guests were asked to stand so they could be recognized for their achievements,which range from packing food, donating food, helping with logistics, performing outreach and sharing technical expertise, among other things.
We are proud and honored to be working with people who are so generous with their expertise, creativity and time. Together we are able to do extraordinary things. Thank you!
Special thanks to Teen Challenge Monterey Bay for preparing the serving the food for the luncheon.