Nominate Hunger Fighter of the Year!

Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond in their efforts to help feed people in our community? Please nominate him or her for the Hunger Fighter of the Year Award. Your nominee may be an educator, an advocate for the hungry, an activist seeking food policy change, or a volunteer who is using their time, energy, or resources to fight hunger in our community. The Hunger Fighter of the Year is recognized at our annual awards dinner in March.

Nominate online by following this link.

Deadline is October 31, 2014.

Thank you.

October Agency Spotlight: St. Francis Soup Kitchen


In the city of Santa Cruz, there is an estimated number of 400 people who sleep outside. One of the major problems they face is hunger and malnutrition. For over the past 25 years, St. Francis Soup Kitchen has been serving meals to the needy in Santa Cruz in order to help combat this issue. Program Director, Richard Crowe, became involved with St. Francis 10 years ago, when he experienced a calling to work with and to serve the poorest of the poor.

Upon stepping into St. Francis Soup Kitchen, one immediately senses a strong familial connection. “While our mission is to serve the poorest of the poor”, says Crowe,  “anyone is welcome here; all that is required is an appetite.”

During our visit to St. Francis, we were invited to sit down and have lunch with the volunteers. Every day the volunteers take the time to sit and eat with each other before they serve their clients. This is a tradition St. Francis follows to create a strong connection within the group, as well as to thank their volunteers.  In this moment, we had a chance to speak with Paige and learn about her amazing abilities to create nutritious and filling meals with the little resources available. Each meal consists of soup, salad, bread, fruit, and milk. “We are able to provide healthy and filling meals due to the partnership that we have with SHFB. 90% of the produce and 60% of all food that we serve comes from the food bank.”

Crowe recognizes the work of the dozens of volunteers who come in each morning to help serve over 180 people each day . “We have 100 volunteers that come in every day and they are all long-term volunteers. It is a major role that they play to fulfill the mission of St. Francis.”

The Kitchen follows the 1,000 year old tradition of the Benedictine Order– when someone knocks at your door, you should treat them as if Christ were standing there. Other services that St. Francis provides include showers, which are available daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and clothing distribution on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

October Nutrition Tips: Living a Low-Fat Lifestyle


Fats and oils are essential for a complete healthy lifestyle because they are significant sources of energy for the body. They come in either a liquid form or a solid form. Since some fats are good, while others are not, it is important to consume them in moderation to maintain good health.

Healthy fats

  • Monounsaturated fats: mainly come from plants like olive oils, canola oil, and peanut oil.
  • Polyunsaturated fats: typical vegetable oils like corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: found in plant sources such as soy bean, canola, walnuts, and flaxseed; are also found in fish such as salmon and mackerel.
  • Omega-6 fatty acids: sources include nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils.

Unhealthy fats

  • Trans fats: found in junk food such as chips and  baked goods
  • Saturated fats: usually found in animal products such as meat, seafood, dairy products, and egg yolks.

 Follow these tips to maintain a low fat lifestyle!

Las grasas y aceites son fundamentales para un estilo de vida complete y saludable. Vienen en dos formas, en formas liquidas o solidas. Son una fuente significativa de energía para el cuerpo. Hay diferentes tipos de grasas; algunas son buenas y otras no son buenas, entonces deberían de ser consumidas con moderación.

Grasas saludables

  • Monoinsaturadas: principalmente vienen de las plantas como aceites de olivo, aceites de canola, y aceites de maní.
  • Grasas poliinsaturados: típicamente aceites de vegetales como maíz, soya, cartamo, y aceite de girasol.
  • Omega-3: son encontrados en Fuentes de plantas tales como, en el frijol de soya, aceites de canola y nueces. Algunos son encontrados en el salmon, arenque.
  • Omega-6: sus Fuentes vienen de las nueces, semillas, y aceites de vegetales.

Grasas no saludables

  • Saturadas: usualmente encontradas en grasas de animal tales como, carnes, mariscos, piel de aves, y la yema del huevo.
  • Grasas trans: encontradas en comidas rápidas como, papas fritas, productos horneados.

Viviendo un estilo de vida bajo en grasa


SHFB Annual Report 2013-2014

The Annual Report 2013-2014 was recently published, which reflects a great year for Second Harvest Food Bank, the agencies we partner with, and the people that our partner agencies serve. The work we do at the food bank would hold little value without the amazing dedication and service that our partner agencies commit to the residents of this community.  Second Harvest strives to continue to find innovative ways to end hunger and malnutrition through alliances with different health and human service organizations.  Thank you for the time and effort you all put in helping us combat hunger!                                    yearinreviewClick the link to view the full Annual Report 2013/2014 



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