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Nourishing Generations

Organization Mission

Nourishing Generations Educational Project educates children, families, and community members of all ages about cooking and eating a healthy, whole foods diet, and enjoying regular exercise to maximize optimal health and minimize disease.

December 2021 marks ten years of our dedicated efforts to promote healthy living in the Santa Cruz Community.

The Big Idea 2022:
Peer-to-Peer Nutrition & Culinary Education

Promoting awareness of the power of healthy foods to improve the health and resilience of a community is most effective via peer-to-peer education.

Our big idea is to share our expertise with Live Oak and Watsonville residents by training neighbors to teach neighbors to spread the word about healthy eating and healthy cooking.

We’ll start by training ten instructors, provide food and materials, and will pay trainees for all of their time. These new trainees will allow us to expand to educating an estimated 400 in the first year.

This class was so inspiring. The nutrition talk was so valuable for me. I can’t wait to make these new recipes with the added knowledge of the nutritional value in eating these vegetables and seasonings. Blessings to all who provide these important venues.

Carol, participant in our program for women with cancer, Santa Cruz

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Santa Cruz Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Santa Cruz Gives! raised over $1.10 million for 82 local nonprofits in 2021.

SCGives! has now raised and contributed over $36 million dollars since its inception Seven years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 1,455 donors. We did it, together.

Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November


The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.