For food,  call: 831-662-0991or email: [email protected] 

Where Our Food Comes From

Second Harvest’s food comes from
Strong partnerships & smart shopping!

In 2020, Second Harvest sourced over
10 million pounds of food.

image of food bank santa cruz volunteers working together to deliver food to families in need

… All of which helps explain how
Second Harvest provides 3 healthy meals for every $1 donated

  1. The California Association of Food Banks (CAFB)—We receive 60% of our produce from CAFB. We acquire Grade B produce (still perfectly delicious and nutritious) for pennies per pound. Learn more…
  2. Food industry partners—Many local farms donate Grade B produce, excess, and field gleanings. We also swap with other area food banks—when one of us has surplus, we send it to another that needs it.
  3. Local grocers and food distributors—We receive excess and salvage—food that is too close to its end date to put on a store shelf, but can be used by us quickly.
  4. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)—We receive funds based on county demographic data to order commodities (typically rice, beans, green beans, and peas).
  5. Purchased Food—We purchase high-demand staples such as peanut butter, canned peaches and pears, black beans, rice, and low-sugar cereals at wholesale prices. We give a 25% discount to our agencies and provide grants to offset the costs of these food purchases.
  6. Ag Against Hunger—Over 50 local growers and shippers donate surplus and unharvested produce to Ag Against Hunger. We pay $75 for a truckload and call for extra produce when necessary. Learn more…
  7. Community food & fund drives—Our annual Holiday Food & Fund Drive and National Association of Letter Carriers’ food drive bring in thousands and thousands of pounds every year, help raise awareness, and get the whole community involved in helping neighbors in need.

Food Industry Partners

Aggrigator/Amor Organics


Aromas Produce

Beckmann Bakery

Carol Wallace

Coke Farms Inc

Del Mar Food Products Corp


Earthbound Farm

Falcon Trading

Farmhouse Culture

Field Fresh Farm

Fitz Fresh Mushrooms

Glaum Egg Ranch

Grocery Outlet

HA Rider & Sons

Happy Boy Farms

High Ground Organics

Hikari Farms

JAS Family Farms Organics

Johnny’s Market

La Princesa Market

Lakeside Organic Gardens

Las Hermanas


Miyashita Nursery

Monterey Mushrooms

New Leaf Community Markets


Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

Paul Lind

Pepperidge Farm

Performance Foodservice Ledyard

Phil Foster Ranches

Planasa, LLC

Raleys Nob Hill

Martinelli & Company


Sun Valley Farms

Sweet Earth Farms


Trader Joes

True Leaf Farms

Tyson Foods Inc

UC Santa Cruz

Vasquez Farms

Village Harvest

Watsonville Berry Co-op

Watsonville Coast Produce

West Lake Fresh

Whole Foods Market