About Us

Second Harvest Food Bank's mission is that we inspire and support Santa Cruz County to provide nourishment for all community members.

Only with adequate food and nutrition can children learn, adults work, and our community thrive.

The need

In Santa Cruz County, 1 in 5 people face hunger.
For children it’s 1 in 4.

Hunger is not inevitable. We’re working hard to feed people who need food now and to advocate for policies that tackle the root causes of hunger.

Our programs

We reach people in need through our vast network of partner agencies and non-profits and directly through food distribution and nutrition education at dozens of program sites.

Our impact

Every month, 85,000 local residents count on us to avoid missing meals, empty stomachs, and impossible choices between food, housing, medicine, and other necessities.

Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz
County was the first food bank in California and is the
second oldest in the nation.

volunteers help power Second Harvest Food Bank Santa
Cruz County