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Weekly Update from Second Harvest Food Bank

By May 21, 2020 No Comments

Next community food distribution:
Friday, June 5th
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz
9am to 1pm

Upcoming Community Food Distribution Dates:
JUNE 5: SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
JUNE 12: WATSONVILLE: Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
JUNE 19: SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
JUNE 26: WATSONVILLE; Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Weekly Impact: May 29, 2020

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· Last week we distributed nearly 220,000 lbs of food throughout the county to more than 27,000 people.

· 142,000 pounds of that food went out through our non-profit partners. The rest was direct distribution to the community through our nutrition programs and drive through distribution.

· CalFresh Double Market Bucks have been extended through June for the Watsonville and Santa Cruz Farmers Market. If you haven’t yet applied for CalFresh, now is the time. You can get an additional $20 to spend any time throughout the year at these farmers market when you use your CalFresh EBT card in May and June.

As Santa Cruz gets closer to opening up our businesses and community, the Food Bank was looking at safe ways to bring our community volunteers back in to help us with the big job of sorting, packing and distributing the thousands of pounds we distribute each week. But we’re so happy to report that our National Guard Volunteers will be with us through June and into July! This does mean that we will continue to suspend our warehouse volunteer program.

We miss our community volunteers, but also recognize the importance of continuing to shelter-in-place as long as we can in order to minimize risk of exposure and maintain the health and safety of our community.

This week we were back at the fairgrounds for our drive through distribution, and we’ll be back there on June 12th. We continue to move back and forth between the boardwalk and the fairgrounds, every other Friday between 9am – 1pm.

Have you recently lost your job? Have you had your hours reduced?
You may qualify for CalFresh! We will help you apply today at

CalFresh is a supplemental food assistance program which allows you to purchase needed foods at grocery stores and many other businesses that sell food products.

How are you affected by the COVID19 crisis? Has the food bank helped you? Have you helped the food bank? Share your story to help us share ours. 

May is CalFresh Awareness Month. If you need help buying groceries you may qualify for CalFresh. Call one of Second Harvest’s friendly CalFresh Outreach team members for more information. Call 831-256-7730 or click here.

Great Plates is a FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) funded program administered by the County of Santa Cruz designed to help seniors while supporting our local restaurants.  If you know someone (65+) who might be interested, have them call (831) 454-4406.

Thank you Jalisco’s restaurant for bringing out lunch to our great National Guard and volunteers at today’s food distribution. Great food!

You can access more information about COVID-19 here:

Center for Disease Control CDC:
California Department of Public Health:
Santa Cruz County Health Department:
State of California Employment Development Department:

Author: Bryn