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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Organization Mission

Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is that we inspire and support Santa Cruz County to provide nourishment for all community members.

Through our network of approximately 150 partner agencies and program sites, we provide nutritious food and CalFresh application assistance for families, seniors, the unemployed, farmworkers, immigrants, veterans, homeless, sheltered homeless, the disabled, and those suffering from mental illness — from Pajaro Valley through to the San Lorenzo Valley.

The Big Idea 2022:
Got Food?

Did you know that over 1/3 of our county’s residents face hunger every month? That staggering statistic results from job loss, high rent and low wages. You can help us provide food for 85,000 people a month in Santa Cruz County who depend on Second Harvest and our network of nonprofit agencies and safety net services such as food pantries, shelters, and group homes to fill pantry shelves and provide hot meals.

Only with adequate nutrition can children learn, adults work, and the community thrive. Volunteers help power Second Harvest Food Bank, allowing us to distribute a staggering 10 million pounds of food each year.

We, the Early Start staff, a PVUSD special education program for families with infants/toddlers with special needs, give “Second Harvest Food Bank” a very warm “thank you” for providing our families with a little extra help feeding their families during this pandemic.

The Early Start staff, a PVUSD special education program

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.