Second Harvest’s member agencies have missions as diverse as homeless outreach to teen pregnancy prevention among high-risk youth. They depend on us to provide food for their clients so that they can concentrate on their main missions. We depend on them to help widen the net of food distribution to a more diverse range of low-income families, children, and seniors.
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Second Harvest is proud to partner with a wide range of community programs, agencies, and faith-based organizations to provide food. Click here to see a list of our current Member Agencies.
Their Story is Our Story
Get an in-depth look at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, one of our member agencies:
The Front Lines of the Battle Against Hunger:
Second Harvest & Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes
Collaboration is essential to our work at Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Kitchen, because we are a small agency with a big mission. We collaborate with Second Harvest Food Bank, our major partner in our hunger relief efforts, to ensure that the emergency and daily food needs of all community residents are met.
Each weekday, Second Harvest’s Community Food Hotline refers families and individuals in need of food assistance to our pantry and lunch programs. Over the course of the year, the Hotline refers over 28% of all the calls they receive directly to us, making Loaves and Fishes the largest emergency food responder in Santa Cruz County.
Many of the clients referred to us by the Hotline are parents, struggling to provide for themselves and their children. Juliana and Jorge*, who were recently referred to us by the Hotline, are a young, monolingual Spanish-speaking couple who are currently homeless. Juliana is expecting their child and is eight months pregnant. They came to Loaves and Fishes feeling lost and bewildered. They received groceries from our pantry and stayed to have a hot lunch, receiving compassionate service from our staff.
Laura*, another client recently referred by the Hotline, is also facing the challenge of homelessness. She and her four children have been staying with a succession of friends and relatives to stay off the street. She came to Loaves and Fishes desperate for food to feed her children. She was so appreciative of our assistance. She was particularly pleased that we were able to provide her with fresh produce to provide her growing children the healthy nourishment they need.
Second Harvest supplies the majority of the food that we provide to hungry, low-income local residents through our pantry and lunch programs, which operate five days a week, year-round. They provide us with a good variety of food items, including fresh produce, enabling us to distribute well-balanced bags of groceries and to serve nutritious, balanced meals at a very reduced cost.
Our partnership with Second Harvest is multi-faceted, also including a monthly on-site Food For Children distribution, monthly food stamp application assistance outreach to our lunch clients, and collaboration in providing bilingual nutrition education to Loaves and Fishes clients.
Through our partnership with Second Harvest, we are able to provide quality food and services to our clients on a very modest budget, ensuring that local low-income families–such as Juliana, Jorge and Laura–have the support they need to manage the difficult times in their lives.
*Client names have been changed