Second Harvest Food Bank hosts holiday food drive kickoff lunch in Santa Cruz

Second Harvest Food Bank invites you to “Set a Plate for Kate”

Second Harvest Food Bank is having a kickoff lunch for its annual holiday food drive  on Nov. 13 in Santa Cruz. The event is at the Cocoanut Grove from 11:30a.m. – 1p.m. The lunch will be a buffet, and the program will include the event’s co-chairs speaking about why they are involved with Second Harvest. Tickets are $25; purchase online. For more information, email bly@thefoodbank.org or call (831) 722-7110, x226.

People are encouraged to attend this lunch to find out how they can help this holiday season. Distribution at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County has increased by 32% in the last five years. Second Harvest needs donations of time, money, and food – what a great way to give back this holiday season!

Second Harvest Food Bank (831-722-7110, located in Watsonville) distributes several million pounds of food per year to local families, children, individuals and seniors in our community through over 180 agencies and programs. The organization helps 55,000 people each month. You can donate online — every $1 you give becomes four healthy meals that Second Harvest can distribute, and these meals include fresh fruits and vegetables.

Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County was the first food bank in California and is the second oldest in the nation. It began by distributing food from a parking lot in Santa Cruz to groups operating the Breakfast For Kids programs.

Second Harvest’s current campaign is themed “Set a Plate for Kate.” The campaign messaging includes the idea that if certain people gave up their “luxury items” even for one day, a lot of hungry people could be fed. For example, by skipping a $5 latte you could purchase 20 meals for Second Harvest, and instead of going out to a $50 restaurant dinner, if you gave the money to Second Harvest this would provide 200 meals! That is some serious food for thought.

Event details:

  • Second Harvest Holiday Food Drive Kickoff Lunch, Nov. 13 11:30a.m. – 1p.m.
  • Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz 95060