Agency Spotlight–Youth N.O.W.

What is the best way for a hungry student to focus on studying and class activities? It’s a trick question. Studying, learning, and even paying attention are all next to impossible when you’re hungry or lacking in nutrients. That’s why Youth N.O.W., one of Second Harvest’s hundred partner agencies, makes healthy snacks available to all … Read more

Agency Spotlight–Community Connection

Community Connection is a non-profit mental health program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and a Second Harvest Partner Agency. The program supports their clients by incorporating the Recovery Model, which helps them identify potential sources of meaning in their lives as active members of the community.  To achieve this, the organization offers … Read more

Agency Spotlight–Pajaro Valley Shelter Services

“We can end family homelessness.” This is the work of Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS), day in and day out. Their dedicated staff of ten helps women, children, and families find safe and stable housing and helps them overcome barriers and develop the necessary skills to reach self-sufficiency. Jessica’s story is similar to those of … Read more

Agency Spotlight–Teen Challenge Monterey Bay

Written by Chris Ryan One of Second Harvest Food Bank’s greatest assets, allowing us to distribute over 8 million pounds of food each year very efficiently, is our dedicated volunteers, and one of the most dedicated groups of volunteers comes from an organization that’s also one our partner agencies:  Teen Challenge Monterey Bay. Teen Challenge … Read more