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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank

Organization Mission

Our mission is to end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community. Our vision is for no one in Santa Cruz County to have life opportunities limited by hunger or malnutrition.

Through a network of over 200 community partners—food pantries, soup kitchens, senior and community centers, shelters, nutrition workshop sites, schools and emergency food locations, Second Harvest annually delivers 8.3 million pounds of healthy food to children, seniors, working families and individuals in need, from Davenport to Pajaro Valley.

Of the foods we distribute each year, 64 percent is fresh, seasonal, and regionally-grown produce. Volunteers donate over 42,000 hours each year and more than 5,000 individuals are directed to the nearest food distribution site.

The Big Idea:
A Strong Community Healthy Foods Network for All

With your support, we will strengthen our buying power and community food network bringing fresh produce and healthy staples to partners representing people struggling with hunger, malnutrition, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, mental health, and education in Santa Cruz County.

Second Harvest’s strength is the capacity to receive and distribute food on a large scale as we work closely with local farmers, food distributors, and retailers to source staples, fresh fruit and vegetables. Together we are alleviating each agency’s need to find funding or source food through more time-consuming, expensive methods.

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.