- Second Harvest Garden Each spring Second Harvest plants a Food Bank Garden in Watsonville where we grow peppers, squash, fresh corn, tomatillos, tomatoes and other produce popular with those we serve. Thanks to Carol Wallace for her donation of garden space. To volunteer for work on the Second Harvest Garden, call Danny Robles at (831) 722-7110 ext 205.
- Mesa Verde Gardens Second Harvest serves as the fiscal sponsor for this affiliate organization, which is run by Ana Rasmussen. She is working to install gardens at sites that serve low-income people around the county, and will provide garden mentors for assisting participants in maintaining food production.
- Farmers Market EBT/CalFresh Thanks to efforts by Second Harvest Food Bank, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the California Nutrition Network, several area farmers’ markets now have wireless devices allowing low-income families to purchase fresh, local and organic produce with CalFresh with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
- Food For Work Program Second Harvest’s Food For Work Program provides USDA commodities and fresh produce and bread once a month to low-income area residents in job training programs. Food For Work is being distributed at the Center For Employment and Training (CET), the Homeless Garden Project and Women Ventures (a construction training program for women).
- Seeds and Seedling Distributions Thanks to groups like Seeds of Change, Upstarts Nursery and Ag Against Hunger, Second Harvest distributes thousands of seeds and seedlings to our low-income clients so they can grow their own produce.
- Request a Food Security Presentation Second Harvest Food Bank’s Outreach Department does presentations on how improve food security in our communities. To arrange or assist with a food security presentation, contact Joel Campos at (831) 722-7110 ext 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the national food security movement, go to the Community Food Security Coalition website.