CalFresh – First Line of Defense in Fighting Hunger

Joel Campos in mask at mass distribution center

Written by: Ford Kanzler CalFresh is the name used in California for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). CalFresh’s monthly, electronically provided benefits are used to buy most foods at many groceries stores in the Santa Cruz County. The program’s main goal is improving the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals. It … Read more

Feeding America Grants Relief to Member Food Banks

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At Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County, we could not be more thankful than to our partners at Feeding America for providing us with the resources, expertise, and funding through these months of pandemic relief. Feeding America has provided COVID-19 relief grants throughout the year, all from their own generous national donors, and divided … Read more

Volunteer Spotlight – Morgan Imel

Morgan Imel with cat

Morgan Imel is a Product Operations Analyst at Looker in Santa Cruz.  Looker is a local tech company that works with data and analytics.  During this past year Morgan has been a driving force behind recruiting remote volunteers to help update over a years worth of volunteer data into the food bank’s data base. “I … Read more

Volunteer Spotlight – Robby Olson

Volunteer in mask at mass food distribution center

When COVID19 shut down the economy and created a huge need for food Robby Olson stepped up to help.  Concerned with the overwhelming need, he contacted Second Harvest to see where volunteers were needed.  He showed up at the mass community distributions a year ago and has volunteered at every single one since.  As a … Read more

Volunteer Spotlight – Justen Harper

Justin Harper

Justen began volunteering at Second Harvest’s weekly community drive-through distributions in April 2020.  As COVID19 began shutting down the economy and the need for food grew, Justen wanted to help.  Over the past year he has contributed over 130 hours to Second Harvest’s volunteer program.  His positive outlook transfers to everyone around him. ” “Justen is … Read more

CalRecycle and California Climate Investments fund the need at Second Harvest

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Second Harvest Food Bank is grateful for the CalRecycle funding that came through in 2019 to help fund a new refrigerator truck, a forklift, support positions, and some long overdue new white food bins.  These items were funded by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) through California Climate Investments. The project is helping the food bank increase … Read more

Hunger Fighters of the Year Bring Perspective and Perseverence

Volunteers with masks during pandemic

Mary Wells is the lead pantry volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul pantry run by parishioners of Our Lady Star of the Sea. She has been volunteering for roughly 20 years and initiated blanket and sock drives, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christ-mas holiday food bags, walk-a-thons and other fundraisers all to support the pantry. She also … Read more

A Creative Means for Community Service in times of COVID-19

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The following post written by Carrie Mulcaire.  How does a group of 8-year old Girl Scouts seek to reach out to their community and help those in need while maintaining health and safety during a pandemic? Parents expressed understandable concern for in-person community service work as the months COVID-19 ravaged on. Back in November, Girl … Read more

Volunteer position brings positive outcome to one man’s life.

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(this message was given anonymously to a Second Harvest staff member to share with you) “After sitting down for months, watching the news, and feeling somewhat hopeless, I decided I needed help.  But what could help? A cashier at a local grocery store casually mentioned that volunteering really lifts her spirits. I guess she could … Read more

Grant gives boost to Grey Bears

volunteers sorting and packing food during the pandemic

Second Harvest Food Bank is receiving a Feeding America grant to combat senior hunger in Santa Cruz County.  Second Harvest and Grey Bears are partnering together to utilize these funds to increase capacity in reaching seniors in Santa Cruz County in need of healthy food. Prior to the pandemic when things were a bit more … Read more