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.

The Second Harvest Legacy

1972  The first pounds of food are distributed from old Santa Cruz County Hospital parking lot.
1978  Second Harvest moves to a small packing shed in Watsonville.
1979  The National Second Harvest Network is established. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties is one of the 13 founding board members.
1986  Second Harvest moves into its existing facility in Watsonville.
1989  Second Harvest serves then-record numbers of people in relief efforts due to the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake.
1993  Second Harvest Food bank becomes an independent non-profit organization.
1996  Second Harvest distributes 2.5 million pounds of food to clients in its service area.
1997 Food For Children founded with ten sites.
2001  Hunger Study spearheaded by Second Harvest finds growing need and projects a need of 10 million pounds of food yearly by 2015.
2005  Second Harvest launches its Capital Campaign to purchase and renovate the Second Harvest Food Bank in response to the community’s growing need.
2008  Demand for Second Harvest assistance breaks all previous records as a result of the economic downturn.
2010 Passion For Produce program is launched.
2011  Warehouse expansion and upgrade completed.
2012 Second Harvest celebrates 40th anniversary.