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

A Taste of Soquel Success Story

Local restaurant at outdoor event

The following is adapted from a press release provided by Laura Hamby. It was a day filled with smiles and fun as a crowd of 400 people gathered, September 28, in the courtyard of the Congregational Church of Soquel to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Festival participants enjoyed some of Soquel’s finest food, wine, and … Read more

Santa Cruz Chefs’ Dinner raises 800,000 meals for Food For Children program

Chefs' Dinner event - chefs assembling banquette meals

Second Harvest Food Bank hosted it’s annual Chefs’ Dinner on Sept. 12, 2019.  This signature event which includes a Six-course meal prepared by some of Santa Cruz County’s finest Chefs, a live and silent auction, wine paring, and a large anonymous match, raised the enough money to provide more than 800,000 meals for the Food … Read more

8th Annual CalFresh Forum 2019 – CalFresh For All

CalFresh speaker

Like other parts of the country, the Central Coast has poverty and social challenges, especially when the cost of living and slow wage growth are taken into the equation.  The CalFresh program is expanding and beginning June 1, 2019, the benefits will be available to individuals on SSI (Supplemental Security Income) That was the backdrop … Read more

Cabrillo College’s Fresh Market offers nutrition and food security for academic success

Karen Reyes and volunteers at Cabrillo College

  It is a sunny Thursday morning in Aptos, California, and a large truck from Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz drives onto the campus of Cabrillo College. Boxes of fresh produce – carrots, watermelons, potatoes, lettuce, corn, and tomatoes – are unloaded by student volunteers and brought into the upper quad. A sandwich board sign … Read more

Breaking CalFresh News

CalFresh logo

CalFresh Nutrition Assistance benefits for February will be issued EARLY to most clients’ EBT accounts on January 16, 2019 due to the federal government’s shutdown. For more information, visit California Department of Social Services.   Local Coverage:  Santa Cruz Sentinel KAZU