Volunteer Spotlight — Paul Garcia

Written by Chris Ryan People volunteer for organizations they love for many different reasons—and they get many different things from it in return. Our volunteer of the month, Paul Garcia, found himself disabled after working for many years running his own landscaping business and, later, working as a diesel mechanic. No longer going into work … Read more

Agency Spotlight–Food Not Bombs

Written by Chris Ryan This month’s agency spotlight focuses on a group inspired by a simple concept that’s close to our hearts here at the Food Bank:  food should be shared, not wasted. Approximately 40% of food in America gets wasted. Because of spoilage during transportation and storage, individual overpurchasing, aesthetic judgments on what produce … Read more

Second Harvest Joins Online Campaign “Santa Cruz Gives”

Written by Chris Ryan Last year’s holiday season saw the launch of a new, all-digital initiative for raising funds for Santa Cruz-area non-profits. “Santa Cruz Gives” brought 30 worthy local organizations to one platform where potential donors could learn about each one and its “big idea,” and then easily donate to one or to many. … Read more

Calendar Girl

Written by Chris Ryan People raise money in all sorts of different ways to help Second Harvest feed hungry people. Linda Hopper picked one combining art, community, camaraderie, and—not surprisingly—food, for Linda is a restaurateur and owner of the popular Santa Cruz diner, Silver Spur. She decided to create a calendar featuring informal portraits of … Read more