Our network of partner agencies lies at the heart of what we do at the food bank. Without them, we could never reach as many people in need as we do. Through this network of nearly 100 agencies, each agency serves the community in a distinct way all throughout Santa Cruz County.
Situated at the very top of the Pajaro Valley High School campus, Watsonville Wetlands Watch is a true local organization, dedicated to preserving our local wetlands. Although Watsonville Wetlands was formed in 1991, the Fitz Educational Resource Center atop the high school campus did not open until Pajaro Valley High School was built, emerging from a partnership between Watsonville Wetlands, PVUSD and the City of Watsonville and a common pledge to protect the local habitat.
Watsonville Wetlands works with local youth, guiding them to become stewards of the environment while inspiring a new generation of leaders. Through a variety of educational programs, thousands of students (elementary through high school) learn about the value of protecting and preserving our local wetlands and tackling important environmental issues like climate change, ocean health and water quality.
We all need fuel to learn, and Watsonville Wetlands counts on the food bank to pick up healthy snacks for their students. Whether in the classroom or on a field trip, nutritious food is a part of students’ experience. Stephanie Rios, Environmental Educator at Wetlands Watch, says they are especially fond of the fresh fruits and veggies, and drinks.
We are proud to collaborate with Watsonville Wetlands and help provide healthy fuel for students as they become empowered to make a difference in their local community!