Our mission is to end hunger through healthy food, education and leadership.

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 in Santa Cruz County. 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, 55,000 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

Where Our Food Comes From

Our Facility

Our History