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Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Organization Mission

We inspire and support Santa Cruz County to provide nourishment for all community members. Since 1972 Second Harvest has marshaled its resources to ensure everyone has access to food, especially marginalized neighborhoods and communities in remote locations. Through our network of approximately 150 partner agencies and sites, nutritious food reaches those experiencing the greatest threats to their health due to economic and racial inequities in our community.

We continue to provide 55% more pounds of food to Santa Cruz County families than we did pre-pandemic.

The Big Idea 2023:
Food!

Help us help our partners! Your gift will have a ripple effect that supports nearly 100 other nonprofits.

Over 1/3 of our county’s residents face hunger. That staggering statistic highlights how many people here are living on the edge, financially. You can help us provide food for the 65,000 locals each month who depend on Second Harvest and our network 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 10 million pounds of food each year.

At one of our community food distributions at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in 2021, while loading a car for a mom and two young boys, one of our staff reported: we put two frozen chickens, a bag of dried staples, a produce bag, bread, and juice into the car. We also loaded up the car with bananas and berries. When I put the bananas in the car, one of the young boys turned around to look and said excitedly: “Mommy look! We get to have fruit again!” I could see the mom tear up as the two young boys did little victory wiggles in their car seats.