Campaign for L.I.F.E.

Marq Lipton

The skyrocketing cost of infant formula has taken on a very personal meaning for Marq and Elizabeth Lipton, who welcomed their first grandchild last year. That’s why the couple founded a special fund with Second Harvest Food Bank specifically for the purchase of infant formula, and have so far raised more than $10,000. This fund, … Read more

Second Harvest Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Party to Honor Retiring CEO

Warehouse Jimmy Panetta and National Guard

July 5, 2022 excerpt from Edible Monterey Bay by Kathryn McKenzie July 5, 2022 – Santa Cruz County’s Second Harvest Food Bank just hit a huge milestone—enough food to make 200 million meals has been distributed to county residents in need during the past 50 years. Not only is the food bank observing its half-century mark … Read more

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