Working Together    to end hunger & malnutrition
  Survey Says...
Last month, we quizzed you about CalFresh. One question was a little tricky, but you all did well! Here are the results, and here are the answers. Thanks for playing!

This month we have a short survey about Stamp Out Hunger, an annual Saturday in May where USPS letter carriers collect food for food banks. Please take the quick survey here, and thank you!
We're Taking a Bite
Out of Food Waste

Many people have long tried to raise awareness of the huge problem of food waste in the U.S., for both environmental reasons and to feed more of the people who can’t afford to purchase enough of it. Though it’s taken a lot of time, the issue of food waste is finally gaining widespread news coverage and attention.

Restaurants buy too much of it and discard it. Farms plow it under when the market price drops too low. And grocery stores don’t even put produce on the shelves if it’s the “wrong” size or shape.

But Second Harvest has been at the forefront of efforts to end food waste for years. Second Harvest CEO Willy Elliott-McCrea helped start Ag Against Hunger back in 1991, which diverts surplus produce from area farms to local food banks.

Today they distribute over 12 million pounds of food each year to food banks like Second Harvest, which then distribute them to the community through pantries, soup kitchens, and the like. Today, dozens of farms, growers, grocery stores, food distributors, and more throughout Santa Cruz County are hard at work preventing food waste and donating edible food so that food banks can get it into the hands of people who don’t have enough to eat.

Where is Food Waste Happening?
Source: Feeding America
The network of food banks to which Second Harvest belongs, Feeding America, is now working on ever more innovative ways to rescue more food from landfills and feed more people in need. MealConnect matches food businesses directly with nearby food banks when food is ready for pickup. Food bankers from across the state are supporting legislation to further encourage gleaners and others ( AB 1577 ) to donate food. And more people from across the spectrum—producers, restaurants, retailers, and consumers—are making greater efforts against food waste.

In this area, the future is getting brighter for both people and the planet.

Check out Feeding America’s page on fighting food waste , read what you can do to reduce food waste at home , and let your California assemblymember know you support AB 1577! (You can look yours up here .)
Upcoming Events
Three big events coming up, all on May 13th! So mark that calendar!
May 13, 2017
Stamp Out Hunger
Every second Saturday in May, the nation's letter carriers team up to fight hunger, but they need your help. You'll receive a brown bag in the mail--just fill it (or any old bag) with non-perishable food items and place it by your mailbox the morning of May 13. Your letter carrier will take it to the post office and Second Harvest's trucks will pick all the donations up. Last year's drive collected a record 80 million pounds for food banks across the country!

May 13, 2017
World's Biggest Garage Sale
Get a bargain and feed a family at the same time! Twin Lakes Church's famous World's Biggest Garage Sale is right around the corner.

Click here to learn how to donate items . Then come by the sale at Twin Lakes Church from 8am to 2pm. All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and Teen Challenge Monterey Bay. More info wbgs@tlc.org .
May 13, 2017
Human Race
Have a little time and energy to spare for a fun event that helps Second Harvest? We're recruiting walkers, runners, and pledge gatherers for the Human Race, a 5-mile Run/Walk in westside Santa Cruz. Even if you can't make the May 13 event, we need YOU to help us get the word out to your friends and networks. You'll get a personal fundraising page and easy links to drop into Facebook and other social media. Register here to become a fundraiser, or support Second Harvest in the Human Race here!
Agency Spotlight
Pajaro Valley Shelter Services
“We can end family homelessness.”

This is the work of Pajaro Valley Shelter Services (PVSS), day in and day out. Their dedicated staff of ten helps women, children, and families find safe and stable housing and helps them overcome barriers and develop the necessary skills to reach self-sufficiency.

Jessica’s story is similar to those of many of the shelter’s clients. Though she was and is employed, she suffered domestic violence at the hands of her partner. She escaped the situation, but then faced months of homelessness with her two children. Fortunately, she found PVSS, which provided temporary housing while also providing skills and strategies to help Jessica find long-term shelter and economic stability for her and her children. Read more...

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Spring Match ends on Saturday!
The clock is ticking on Mary Solari's generous offer to match each dollar donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. We already turn each dollar into 4 healthy meals--don't miss this chance to turn each buck into 8 healthy meals!*

The Spring Matching Campaign supports our Food For Children program, helping parents and families face life’s daily challenges and giving children the energy to learn, providing nutrition, opportunity, and community.

The Spring Matching Campaign ends Saturday. Visit www.thefoodbank.org/donate or talk to Clyde at 831-722-7110, ext. 210.

(*Each dollar matched up to $25,000.)
Photo of the Month
Our Nutrition Education Manager, Julio, serving the recipe of the month to a client at one of our Passion For Produce sites.

Photo: Shelly Errington

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New in the Food Bank Cookbook