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

COVID-19 Update – Food distribution, what we are doing, and what we need.


If you or someone you know needs food, and are calling from: Santa Cruz County call our community Food Hotline at (831) 662-0991 Monterey County, call 831-758-1523 San Benito County, call (831) 637-0340 Given the escalating circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we are suspending our community volunteer program. We are grateful to the National Guard … Read more

Second Harvest Food Bank Monitoring Developments of COVID-19

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Second Harvest Food Bank is carefully monitoring developments with regards to the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are committed to our mission of working together to end hunger through healthy food, education and leadership and ensuring the health and well-being of our staff, community participants and the larger county. We take our role … Read more

Second Harvest Nutrition Programs Change Lives – Elvia’s Story

Elvia Lopez

During the month of October, Second Harvest is focusing on raising awareness around Partner Agencies and Nutrition Education.   As diabetes and poor nutrition continue to be an epidemic in the United States, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County nutrition programs volunteer ambassadors are fighting on the front lines against these preventable illnesses.  Second Harvest … Read more

Best Ever Creamy Carrot Soup

Ingredients: 2 pounds carrot peeled and chopped 2 tablespoons oil 1 small onion chopped 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped 1 long stalk chopped celery 1½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 cup of orange juice (two oranges) 4 cups of broth of your choice (low Sodium) Salt and pepper to taste … Read more

Plant-Based Nutrition – Man-made vs. Nature-made

Brussel sprouts and lettuce

The Second Harvest Food Bank programs team will be presenting the benefits of a plant-based diet at Passion For Produce sites in August.  This includes a food demonstration and food distribution. This month’s lesson objectives are to discuss the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet and the potential impacts of consuming excessive meat. Why … Read more

Nutrition Prescription for Health

Nutrition Prescription Program

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County is excited to announce a $197,000 grant from the Central California Alliance for Health Healthy Food Access Program to expand food insecurity screening for Dignity Health Mobile Wellness Van, Dignity Health Dominican Hospital, and Dientes Community Dental Beach Flats Clinic to screen patients for food insecurity using the … Read more

Empowering the Next Generation

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Second Harvest is excited to share with you a brand new nutrition program that is aimed at empowering the next generation in our community towards healthy food and lifestyle choices. Passion For Produce -Youth INC (Implementing Nutritional Care) is a free nutrition education program that empowers teens to make smart food choices for themselves and … Read more