At Second Harvest Food Bank, our mission is to inspire and support Santa Cruz County to provide nourishment for all community members.
We strive to continually improve processes and protocols to support inclusive and equitable practices and decision making at all organization levels.
We share our wealth with our partners – the stronger they are, the stronger we are.
We work towards talking less and listening more.
We believe in the inherent dignity of all people.
Only with adequate food and nutrition can children learn, adults work, and our community thrive.
In Santa Cruz County, 1 in 3 people face hunger.
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.
Every month, 75,000 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.