A long line of cars waits outside our Watsonville warehouse to receive emergency food.
Second Harvest thanks the more than 40 volunteers who assisted our on-site USDA distribution on Monday. Thanks to you, 2,214 low-income households received big bags of fresh produce and basic staple foods. The number of families served was 35% greater than the same time last year. The need for food in our community does not usually peak until late winter, when seasonal workers have been unemployed for a long period of time, which is usually in March or later. This huge increase is cause for concern that we may be in for another record year at a time when we thought the need for assistance was starting to level off.
The USDA distribution that is shown here is just one of up to 200 distributions that may take place at one of our member agencies throughout Santa Cruz County every month! There is much work to be done.
However, because we had so much support for this distribution, we have hope that our community will work together over the next few months to make sure that everyone gets what they need. We especially wish to recognize the efforts of volunteers Jose Villifuerte, Maria Daniel, Patty Rosales, Monterey Teen Challenge, and AmeriCorps for packing thousands of bags, standing outside for hours, and cheerfully assisting everyone who asked for help.
Volunteers load bags of healthy food into cars.