Celebration Honors 2010 Community Heroes

The Community Assessment Project Santa Cruz County honored Second Harvest Food Bank’s own Willy Elliot-McCrea and Paul Bellerjeau, among others, at the 2010 Community Assessment Project Press Conference and Celebration on November 22nd.

Donna Murphy Introduces 2010 Community Heroes

The pair was selected for their focus on fighting childhood obesity and diabetes by providing fresh fruit and vegetables as well as nutrition education to the working poor and children of Santa Cruz County.

“Poor kids suffer diabetes and obesity at twice the rate as other kids because their families can only afford cheap food that’s high in fat, sugar and salt,” explained Willy Elliot-McCrea. “Second Harvest distributes healthy food to 8600 kids a month and promotes healthy eating in schools and churches as well as our Food For Children Program.”

Paul Bellerjeau added, “It can’t be done without the help of our dedicated food bank staff and amazing community partners.  Thank you one and all.”

What is the Community Assessment Project of Santa Cruz County?

The Community Assessment Project of Santa Cruz County (CAP) is a collaborative project to measure and improve the quality of life in Santa Cruz County.

This consortium of public and private health, education, human service, and civic organizations convened by the United Way of Santa Cruz County has been working together since 1994.

This year’s event, sponsored by CAP and UC Santa Cruz, was hosted by Alan McKay, CAP Executive Director, and Donna Murphy, Vice Chancellor University Relations, UCSC.

Local experts presented research related to the current health, economic, education, natural environment, public safety, and social environment conditions of Santa Cruz County. While the findings noted many positive results, it was also clear that a great deal of work is needed if we are to overcome the challenges we face as a community.

To that end, the CAP Steering Committee has established Community Goals for the Year 2015 to:

•            Create more living wage jobs and increase economic activity.

•            Provide our children with the skills to compete in a 21st century global community.

•            Reduce water pollution, develop a local sustainable food system, and support clean/alternative energy.

•            Improve access to health care and reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity.

•            Involve more youth in prevention and positive social activities and decrease adult and juvenile violence.

•            Provide more affordable housing and increase services for residents with disabilities.

By working together we can make a difference. If you would like to get involved and help CAP meet their Community Goals for the Year 2015, visit www.santacruzcountycap.org.

Congratulations to all of the 2010 Community Heroes!

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