Food Programs/Nutirition

Second Harvest provides summer food to hungry children

Thousands of children that qualify for free school lunches will be out of school this summer, and some of their families will not be able to stretch valuable dollars far enough to provide adequate food. Second Harvest fills this need with its Food For Children program. Click here to learn more.

Second Harvest provides food for 200 community relief agencies

Second Harvest provides more than 7.3 million pounds of food per year to local social service organizations. By using Second Harvest to reduce food costs, these agencies are better able to devote more resources to their primary missions. Click here to learn more about our Agency Food Distribution program.

Emergency Food Distributions

Second Harvest distributes emergency food assistance at five USDA commodity distribution centers in Santa Cruz County. Click here for information about the Emergency Food Distribution program and a list of sites.

The Familia Center, a Member Agency of Second Harvest, receives food from our warehouse to help supplement their pantry. This allows them to concentrate on their primary mission: to empower those who struggle with poverty, exclusion, and racism while assisting them to meet their basic needs.

The New Malnutrition Crisis: Obesity

Rates of Childhood Obesity are on the Rise

During the past three decades, the prevalence of overweight among young people in the United States more than tripled.  Santa Cruz County itself has a rate of childhood overweight above the state average. Overweight children have a greater risk of developing serious health problems, like Type 2 diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol levels, and depression.

Hunger and Obesity: Paradox of Poverty

Paradoxically, hunger and obesity are linked problems in America’s poorest communities. As families seek to stretch fewer dollars further, children from low-income families often eat foods that are higher in fats and sugar and lower in critical nutrients. Unfortunately, healthy food is out of the reach of their parents’ pockets. As a result, the obesity crisis affects low-income people at disproportionately larger rates.

Childhood Obesity Carries over into Adulthood

Children who are overweight are more likely to remain so as adults, with an estimated 75% of overweight adolescents being obese as young adults. Obese adults are at increased risk for life-threatening problems such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. In addition, costs for health care in the U.S. attributable to obesity total more than $90 billion per year.

To read a full report on the state of Santa Cruz County’s health, click here.

Read more about local goals to address obesity here.

Second Harvest is working with local coalitions to address the obesity health crisis.

Contact them at:
Nutrition & Fitness
Collaborative of the Central Coast

Chris Moss,
Monterey Co. Health Dept.
(831) 755-4675

Go For Health!
Santa Cruz Co. United Way
(831) 465-2207

 

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