Santa Cruz Chefs’ Dinner raises 800,000 meals for Food For Children program

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County hosted it’s annual Chefs’ Dinner on Sept. 12, 2019.  This signature event which includes a six course meal prepared by some of...

September is Hunger Action Month – Put on the Cape

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This September Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County will participate together with Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks in a mobilization across all 50 states in an effort...

Best Ever Creamy Carrot Soup

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Ingredients: 2 pounds carrot peeled and chopped 2 tablespoons oil 1 small onion chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 long stalk chopped celery 1½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger...

Circadian Rhythm: Our Internal Clock and It’s Affect on Health, Stress, and Weight Management

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Clocks. Not all are alike. In fact, there is an internal clock in all humans that triggers the body to perform certain functions at certain times of day. Scientifically this...

The Public Charge Rule – What it is and who may be affected.

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized the "public charge" rule. If litigation does not prevent the rule from taking effect, the policy will become effective in 60 days, on October...

Plant-Based Nutrition – Man-made vs. Nature-made

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The Second Harvest Food Bank programs team will be presenting the benefits of a plant-based diet at Passion For Produce sites in August.  This includes a food demonstration and food...

Nutrition Prescription for Health

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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County is excited to announce a $197,000 grant from the Central California Alliance for Health Healthy Food Access Program to expand food insecurity screening...

Falafel

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Ingredients:  1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and well drained 1 cup loaded with fresh parsley leaves 1 cup loaded with fresh cilantro leaves ½ cup chopped green onion 1/3 cup...

Watsonville Wetlands Watch-Watching It Grow

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Our network of partner agencies lies at the heart of what we do at the food bank. Without them, we could never reach as many people in need as we...

Empowering the Next Generation

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Second Harvest is excited to share with you a brand new nutrition program that is aimed at empowering the next generation in our community towards healthy food and lifestyle choices. Passion For Produce -Youth INC (Implementing Nutritional Care) is a free nutrition education program that empowers teens to…

Live Oak Library Feria de Salud!

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On June 1, the Live Oak branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library system in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank hosted its first Feria de Salud (health fair) including Zumba lessons, a fresh produce distribution and nutrition education. The event, funded through a grant designed by Programming/Outreach…

Six Taste Salad

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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County offers Nutrition Programs along with our produce distribution.  Each month a new recipe is presented to participants at various sites throughout Santa Cruz...

8th Annual CalFresh Forum 2019 – CalFresh For All

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Like other parts of the country, the Central Coast has poverty and social challenges, especially when the cost of living and slow wage growth are taken into the equation.  The...

Cabrillo College’s Fresh Market offers nutrition and food security for academic success

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  It is a sunny Thursday morning in Aptos, California, and a large truck from Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz drives onto the campus of Cabrillo College. Boxes of fresh produce – carrots, watermelons, potatoes, lettuce, corn, and tomatoes – are unloaded by student volunteers and brought into…

Debra Kennedy & Dick Peixoto: 2019’s Hunger Fighters of the Year

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Debra was raised in Washington D.C., the youngest of 4 girls. Her husband, William, was also from back east, and his career in the Army transferred them to The Presidio in San Francisco until William retired from the service. They were offered relocation assistance to anywhere in the…