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COVID-19 OUTREACH UPDATE
If you or someone you know needs food, call our Community Food Hotline at (831) 662-0991.
Highlights from this past week:
 
  • Last week we distributed over 253,000 lbs of food throughout the county to nearly 17,000 people.
     
  • 174,000 pounds of that food went out through our non-profit partners. The rest was direct distribution to the community through our nutrition programs and drive through distribution.
     
  • Did you know that any household that loses food due to loss of power of more than 4 hours, can apply for replacement CalFresh (SNAP) benefits? Talk to one of our CalFresh Outreach Specialists today to learn more, call (831) 662-0991 and ask for CalFresh.
Community Drive Through Distribtution Schedule
Fridays 9am to 1pm

September 25: SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
October 2: WATSONVILLE; Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
October 9: SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
October 16: WATSONVILLE; Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
October 23: SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
October30: WATSONVILLE; Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

This week I am thankful for the fact that a month after the CZU Lighting Complex Fire started, they’re reporting 97% containment. That, along with improvements in our air quality go a long way in helping us start working to repair and rebuild in our communities so impacted by this fire.

Another thing I am grateful for is the tremendous support Second Harvest has seen from the beginning of this pandemic, through the shelter-in-place, around support for our fire evacuees and last night in closing our Fueling Their Future virtual campaign.

Many of you might not know about our nutrition programs. Twenty-two years ago, Second Harvest launched what was really a ground-breaking program. Instead of just focusing on distributing calories (food is food, after all, right? – WRONG!) The Food Bank pivoted to distributing NUTRITION. Locally grown vegetables and fruit, wholesome pantry items and, when available, lean proteins.

This distribution was accompanied by nutrition education. Tips on how to read labels, what are the hidden sugars and how can you reduce sugar and fat in your diet when cooking from home. The distributions provide up to 40lbs of pre-bagged produce along with a recipe card for making something from that bounty.

Did you know that this model is what has allowed us to be able to jump into our drive through distributions so quickly once shelter-in-place created such critical needs in our county? We already had the bagged model, we just needed to expand it. Which we did with the help of the national guard as well as community volunteers.

FUELING THEIR FUTURE CAMPAIGN PRELIMINARY RESULTS:: Last night, the community came together and raised 380,000 meals, which when doubled by our match is actually 760,000 healthy meals (FYI donations will be matched through September 30th) for our Food For Children program You all have helped us keep delivering the nutritious food everyone needs in order to face our current challenges with resiliency. Thank you.

This week we were back at the Fairgrounds, and we'll be back there on Oct 2nd.

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Community Cares

Thank you for your substantial added support of Second Harvest during this critical time.

A&I Transport, Inc
American AgCredit
AT&T
Bank of America Charitable
  Foundation 
Betty's Burgers
Bruce Ashley Photography
C&N Tractors
Canepa, Inc.
Cassidy's Pizza
Central California Alliance for
  Health
Cilantro's/El Palomar
City of Santa Cruz - CDBG
City of Watsonville - CDBG
Community Foundation
   for Monterey County
Community Foundation
   Santa Cruz County
Connie Realtor In Your Corner  
Cowles Berry Farm, inc.
David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Deluxe Foods of Aptos
Dignity Health Dominican
Driscoll's & The Driscoll's Charitable
   Fund at Community Foundation
   Santa Cruz County
E&S Trucking
Earthbound Farm
Feeding America
Field Fresh Farms
Fieldsketch Farm
Fitz Fresh Mushrooms
Guaranteed Rate - The Sullivans
Impact Assets
Jalisco's 
Lakeside Organic Farms
Latigo Management, Inc
Lime Technologies
Lineage Logistics
Logical Elegance
Looker
Mizkan America, Inc.
New Leaf Community Markets
Nob Hill Food -  Raleys 
Olive Springs Quarry
Poly, Inc.
Redtree Partners
Risk Management Solutions
Safeway Inc.
Santa Cruz County Board
  of Supervisors
Santa Cruz County Cycling Club 
Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds
Santa Cruz Warriors
Scarborough Lumber
Sergey Brin Family Foundation
Silicon Valley Community
  Foundation
Sunlight Giving Foundation
Superior Foods
Tam Communications
Target
The Alberstons Companies
  Foundation
The George Sarlo Foundation
The Ginger People
Togos- Capitola-Scotts Valley-
   Watsonville
True Leaf Farms
Vans Shoes
Variance Objects
We understand our role as one of the safety net services of our community and will take all practical measures to supply the community with the foods they need to thrive during this unprecedented time.
 
For information about where to find food, call our Community Hotline at (831) 662-0991.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
For Direct Fire Assistance: The American Red Cross (866) 272-2237

-Center for Disease Control CDC:
-California Department of Public Health:
 -Santa Cruz County Health Department:
-State of California Employment Development Department:
-Great Plates Delivered:     
-Pandemic EBT Cards

 
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