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…

Breaking CalFresh News

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CalFresh Nutrition Assistance benefits for February will be issued EARLY to most clients’ EBT accounts on January 16, 2019 due to the federal government’s shutdown. For more information, visit California Department of Social Services.   Local Coverage:  Santa Cruz Sentinel KAZU  

The Christmas Project: Nonprofits brings holiday cheer to farmworker families for 40th year

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Article: Nicholas Ibarra, Santa Cruz Sentinel Photos: Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County December 17, 2018 WATSONVILLE — For migrant farmworkers and their families, funds are especially tight during the holiday season when work in the Pajaro Valley’s sprawling fields is on hiatus until the spring. Now in…

Grant enables local agencies and grocery stores to come together to fight hunger

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A generous grant from the Walmart Foundation has provided Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County with funds for our partner agencies to purchase cold storage equipment. This equipment allows agencies to increase their food storage capacity as well as provide foods to their clients that weren’t previously…

Neighborhood Open House Celebrates Friends and Raises Meals

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We love to hear stories of people in the community who have come up with fresh, new ways to take part in Second Harvest’s Holiday Food & Fund Drive. We recently received an email from Shelly Hernandez, a woman who, along with her husband, Marty, have turned their…

California DMV offers new plate to benefit the hungry

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Now there’s a creative way for you to show your support for California Food Banks while driving. The DMV is taking pre-orders for a new California license plate, “Imagine No Hunger”. Proceeds will benefit food banks and hunger relief programs throughout California. The plate features the self-portrait of…

Senate passes bipartisan Farm Bill

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We have some great news to report. The Senate passed a farm bill that protects and strengthens SNAP by a vote of 86-11. This is a bi-partisan victory, and a lot of hard work went into making it happen. To all of our Friends of the Food Bank…