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

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

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

The Public Charge Rule – What it is and who may be affected.

Public Charge Rule

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized the “public charge” rule. If litigation does not prevent the rule from taking effect, the policy will become effective in 60 days, on October 15th 2019.  This is a complex issue that could affect many lower income families in our community. Whether you’re an immigrant, advocate, or public benefits provider, … Read more