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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Organization Mission

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County’s mission is for our County to be a community working together to end hunger through healthy food, education and leadership.

Through our network of partner agencies, 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.

The Big Idea:
Food Access for Santa Cruz County

Our county’s high cost of living and the pandemic has led to 90,000 people a month needing food assistance. One-third of our county seeks help from the food bank and our partner agencies due to job loss, high rent and low wages.

We partner with a broad network of local nonprofits and safety net services such as food pantries, shelters, and group homes that allows your support to reach deep into neighborhoods.

Help us respond to the increased need by supporting our Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which allows us to provide 100 nonprofit agencies with food throughout the year, as well as supply much-needed nourishment to local residents through our own distributions. 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 9 million pounds of food each year.

I have worked my entire life and never needed social services or handouts until now. I have a heart condition and am unable to work. My doctor advised me to stay home and minimize my exposure to the public. When I heard about Second Harvest's Friday distribution food program (an organization I have donated to), I decided with great hesitancy to go. What a humbling experience, everyone was thoughtful and understanding and I received enough food to last two weeks or more. Thank you, Second Harvest, for all you do, you made me feel I wasn't alone in this pandemic fight.


A woman who visited our Friday distribution at the Boardwalk

We Did It!

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