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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties Charity Profile
The mission of Second Harvest is to educate and involve individuals to end hunger and alleviate malnutrition in our communities. Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties was the first food bank in California and is the second oldest in the nation.
Founded in 1972, Second Harvest began by distributing food from a parking lot in Santa Cruz to groups operating the Breakfast For Kids programs. Today, Second Harvest distributes 6.5 million pounds of food per year to local hungry families, children, individuals and seniors in our community.
Our core values of compassion, service, involvement, empowerment, accountability, and advocacy govern our relationships with each other and with the community at large, ensuring that we stay true to our mission everyday.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties Volunteer Information
Without the help of volunteers, many families in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties would go hungry. Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of so many-and they have fun doing it! Last year over 3,200 volunteers contributed a combined total of 43,000 hours of service-equivalent to 20 full-time employees.
No matter what you expertise of level of commitment, Second Harvest needs you! We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:
Saturday Food Sorts
Community Food Hotline
Events & Fundraising
Board of Directors & Committees
Bread and Produce Distribution
Food for Children Distribution
Graphic Arts Intern
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties
In The News
Holiday Food Drive Aims to Raise 2.5 Million Pounds
356 days ago From Patch.com
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA - Elliot-McCrea and other community leaders spoke at a fundraising luncheon on Wednesday at Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz, kicking off a seven-week-long food drive throughout the county. They encouraged companies, schools and individuals to pool their .. ...