2021 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot

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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

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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

The Holiday Food & Fund Drive is on!

Holiday Food & Fund Drive 2021 kick off rally with mini barrels

 The giving season starts now, and it starts with you. For Second Harvest Food Bank, November and December are the most intensive two months of the year! We’re kicking off our annual Holiday Food and Fund Drive which raises over half of the food Second Harvest provides all year long for food insecure families in Santa Cruz County.   That’s a huge undertaking and it can’t be done without … Read more

Cooking Club Recipe of the Month – Cauliflower Casserole

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Second Harvest Food Bank’s Cooking Club is at it again.  This month’s healthy recipe is Cauliflower Casserole.  Watch the video and see how convenient it is to make something both healthy and tasty! Health benefits Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It provides health benefits to the nervous system, heart and blood … Read more

Colleges rush to sign students up for food stamps, as pandemic rules make more eligible

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Published by CalMatters: WRITTEN BY ALEJANDRA SALGADO AUGUST 18, 2021 This past school year, Madeline Waters struggled to find a way to pay for food while also studying for classes. As a nutrition major at Sacramento State, she wasn’t unfamiliar with what skipping meals could mean for her academic career. So this spring she applied, yet … Read more

After over 4 decades of service, Willy is retiring.

Food Bank CEO Willy Elliott-McCrea

After 43 years of serving the County of Santa Cruz, the past 33 of them as the executive director and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville, our beloved Willy Elliott-McCrea has announced his retirement. One of Santa Cruz County’s most prominent nonprofit leaders, Willy said he will be retiring in the summer of … Read more

Appreciating the bounty of our agriculture community

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By:FORD KANZLER, SPECIAL TO THE PAJARONIAN June 18, 2021 One of the healthiest food banks in the country. That’s the claim Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County makes because of the amazing generosity of our local agriculture community, the farmers, packers and farmworkers of the Pajaro Valley and beyond. Second Harvest receives more than … Read more

Thinking Pandemic Economic Effects are Behind US? Think Again

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Written by: Richelle Noroyan / Orginally published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. One of baseball hall-of-famer Yogi Berra’s memorable “Yogi-isms” is “It ain’t over till it’s over.” The pandemic-related challenges facing a lot of food-insecure people in Santa Cruz  County certainly “ain’t over.” Second Harvest Food Bank continues seeing well-above normal demand and there are … Read more

Local Business Executive Spreads Message of Kindness


Originally written and published by Growing Up Santa Cruz M. LeBaron Meyers is a local resident, team member of Santa Cruz Works, President and Chief Business Officer of #NotMe, and previously worked in investment management, media, and as a radio talk-show host and children’s book author. She recently made an in-kind donation of her children’s … Read more