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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank

Organization Mission

To end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community. Through a network of over 200 community partners, nutrition programs and emergency food distributions, Second Harvest delivers 8.2 million pounds of healthy food — including fresh fruits and vegetables — to local children, seniors, working families and individuals in need every year.

With community wellness as the organization’s focus, Second Harvest also provides 600 healthy living classes across Santa Cruz County and acts as a community hub where volunteers give 42,000 hours each year and 5,000 individuals are directed to the nearest food resource.

The Big Idea:
Fill a Virtual Barrel with Food — Only $25!

Second Harvest Food Bank has become so efficient at buying and distributing food in volume that we can serve a lot more families than ever. We’d like to introduce the Virtual Barrel for the holidays this year. For $25, you can fill a barrel and provide 100 meals for families and seniors in need in Santa Cruz County.

Second Harvest has grown to operate as a hub that works with 200 smaller nonprofits and program sites throughout Santa Cruz County — food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches —  that reach deep into our neighborhoods where food is most needed. Our partners don’t simply hand out food, but work to eliminate the root causes of hunger, homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health issues so important for the healthy future of Santa Cruz County.

Buy one or a few barrels if you’d like and make the holidays brighter for some of your neighbors.

I have been eating because of the food bank at Inner Light. The food I’m getting today will feed me this week and help me stay in my home as I lost my job. If Second Harvest didn’t exist, I am not sure where I would go. I would probably be homeless and eating 1-2 meals a day at a soup kitchen. Thank you, Second Harvest.

— Anonymous