Volunteer Spotlight – Michael Cinque

Michael Cinque - Volunteer spotlight

Our very own volunteer extraordinaire, Michael Cinque, has been chosen by the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz as this year’s “Be the Difference” award recipient! Volunteering is the contribution of time, effort, and talent to a cause or mission without gain. It enriches our society, brings us together in a community, and helps keep businesses … Read more

Volunteer Spotlight – Vista Verde Volenteers

Vista Verde Volunteers

At three in the afternoon, every second and fourth Thursday of the month, seven dedicated volunteers from the Vista Verde Town Homes in Freedom, California, gather in the courtyard and prepare for food distributions. Jessica, Patti, Alicia, Lupe, Hermelinda, Maricela, and Livia, all residents of Vista Verde, are also long-term volunteers with a combined 90 … Read more

PRESS RELEASE – Second Harvest Food Bank Announces New Chief Executive Officer

CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez

  Date:                                       April 21, 2022 Contact:                                 Suzanne Willis Telephone Number:            (831) 288-3002 Email Address:                     suzanne@thefoodbank.org Web address:                        www.thefoodbank.org   Second Harvest Food Bank Announces New … Read more

Food Insecurity in Santa Cruz County – The Blum Report

2020 Update to Santa Cruz County’s Food Insecurity Index: The First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic Download Report OVERVIEW Since 2019, the Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County have worked together to estimate food insecurity in … Read more

Second Harvest Runs on Volunteers!

Volunteers at Second Harvest

Volunteers are a crucial component in what we do at the Food Bank. Prior to the pandemic, Second Harvest, and its 190 partner agencies and nutrition distribution sites were powered by over 3,000 volunteers. Volunteers sorted, packed, and distributed over 8 million pounds of food each year. With the onset of the pandemic mid-March 2020, … Read more

Cooking Club Recipe of the Month – Second Harvest Bubble & Squeak

Bubble and Squeak is a traditional British weekend meal, as it can be made with either leftovers or fresh ingredients. We love this recipe because it is based on ingredients we distribute in our sites, especially potatoes and onions. Nutrition Benefits: As a plant based meal we get the benefits of the FIBER, which is … Read more

50 Years of Fighting Hunger: Second Harvest Food Bank Enters Its Sixth Decade

Willy and Jess in front of old volunteer trailer (black and white image)

January 13, 2022 excerpt from Santa Cruz Sentinel SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — California’s first food bank grew from cooperation between The Community Action Board and the Black Panthers. That partnership spawned the Breakfast for Kids Program in Santa Cruz County, directed by Al DiLudivico. This 1969 community effort became the foundation for our food bank. … Read more

2021 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

Silicon Valley Turkey Trop logo

Running separately, yet together –   This year, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot will again be prioritizing public health by holding a virtual Thanksgiving Day race. While not quite the same as a live race, the virtual SV Turkey Trot still provides a way to exercise, get great race gear, and raise funds for Second Harvest Santa Cruz! … Read more

Sunset Grown/Mastronardi’s is Food Donor of the Year

Mastronardi company photo - employees out front

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County announced the Food Donor of the Year at the Annual Partner Agency Conference held in October. Sunset Grown/Mastronardi’s is a 4th generation family owned produce company that is now growing organic, green house grown produce in the Pajaro Valley.  In 2020, Sunset Grown/Mastronardi’s donated over 233,000 pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to … Read more