Our mission is for our community to work together to end hunger in Santa Cruz County through healthy food, education and leadership.
Second Harvest counters the prevalence of cheap, processed foods by inspiring participants with knowledge and ingredients to make healthy lifestyle changes to combat obesity and diabetes. We challenge the traditional community food bank role by partnering with local nonprofits and community safety net services to support health maintenance through foods that nourish.
Only with adequate nutrition can children learn, adults work, and the community thrive. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County‘s big idea for 2020 is supporting Breakfast For Kids, a program that provides breakfast foods to families with children through our food distribution networks.
Last year, we added 92,300 pounds of healthy breakfast foods to the community, including eggs, ground turkey, milk, and tortillas, specifically for families with children attending our more than 100 pantry and Food For Children sites such as churches, Head Start, WIC (Women Infants Children), community centers and more.
Second Harvest’s strength is the capacity to receive and distribute food on a large scale as we work closely with local farmers, distributors, and retailers to source staples and fresh fruit and vegetables. We also advocate for policies that tackle the root causes of hunger.
3,000 volunteers help power Second Harvest Food Bank, allowing us to distribute a staggering 8 million pounds of food each year.
Being able to access eggs from the Second Harvest Food Bank is invaluable for our food program here. We are able to serve a fresh, nutritional product that helps keep our kids and families full and energized for all the daily fun they have at camp. Not only do we use these eggs for breakfast but we are able to use them for other dishes as well, such homemade breads and muffins. Being able to produce a homemade snack, rather than a pre-made snack is something of pride for our kitchen staff and program over all.
Britteny Raynor, YMCA of the Redwoods, Boulder Creek