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Nourish, a fresh market – a partnership with Second Harvest and Watsonville Community Hospital

We’ve imagined a world where access to healthy, nourishing food is not just a dream, but a reality for vulnerable pre- and post-natal moms and their families. Thanks to the visionary partnership between Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County and Watsonville Community Hospital, this dream is now a reality with the launch of Nourish fresh market, a pioneering, free food pantry located within the hospital – the former gift shop. Nourish represents a beacon of hope. A shining example of what can be achieved when our community comes together to address critical issues like food insecurity for new and expecting mothers.

The collaboration between The Food Bank and the hospital is nothing short of extraordinary. It is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of the residents of Santa Cruz County, particularly pre- and post-natal women and their families. Nourish goes beyond just providing food. It offers a wide range of fresh produce and healthy, shelf-stable foods, ensuring that expectant mothers receive the essential nutrients they need for a healthy pregnancy and beyond.

Nourish fresh market is a game-changer, a model that should be replicated across the country. It is a shining example of what can be achieved when food banks dig into the root causes of food insecurity and wellness from birth. The impact of Nourish fresh market will be felt far and wide, improving the health and well-being of countless individuals and families in Santa Cruz County.

As Nourish embarks on this exciting journey, it is important to recognize the incredible support of the community and philanthropic partners who have made this initiative possible. Their generosity and dedication to helping our neighbors in need is truly inspiring.

While Nourish is only a few hundred square feet, it represents a shared vision, purpose, and dedication to the community that we can all be proud of. It is not just a food pantry, it is a symbol of hope, compassion, and community spirit. It is a testament to what can be achieved when people come together to make a difference. Nourish fresh market is a good thing, and its impact will be felt by families for years to come.

Together, with Watsonville Community Hospital, We are the Food Bank.

Erica Padilla-Chavez, CEO
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County