Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is for Santa Cruz County to be a community working together to end hunger through healthy food, education and leadership. Our vision is Santa Cruz County is a thriving community where everyone has access to nutritious food to support health and well-being. Food insecurity correlates to poverty and Santa Cruz County has California’s second highest poverty rate (23.8%) behind only Los Angeles County (24.3%) when factoring our region’s high cost of living (Public Policy Institute of California, 2018). Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County’s constituent base are the 36% of the county population who are food insecure (California Health Interview Survey 2018). Partner collaboration is how Second Harvest is able to provide eight million pounds of healthy staples and fresh produce to 55,000 people a year. These locations include food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches, senior living facilities, low income housing complexes, recovery programs, and homeless shelters.

Suzanne Willis

800 Ohlone Parkway
Watsonville, CA 95075
(831) 722-7110

What we need most

At Second Harvest Food Bank we are unique in our holistic commitment to addressing food insecurity and community equity as we go beyond simply providing adequate calories to providing healthy produce and nourishing staples. As a nutritional hub for Santa Cruz County, our food bank is most in need of foods that nourish, such as fresh produce, rice, beans, canned meats, energy bars, ready-made pop-top meals for homeless individuals, nut butters, and non-sugary drinks.

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County is a non-profit organization.

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