Working Together    to end hunger & malnutrition
  Survey Says...
Last month, we quizzed you about Stamp Out Hunger, which is happening this Saturday. Fully 90% of you had heard of it before, 80% have participated in recent years, and over 70% plan to do so this year. The top reason people do is because "I know there are neighbors in need throughout the county, and I know I can help." Thank you!

This month we're taking a step back and looking at The Big Picture--Second Harvest's mission and vision. Here's your chance to weigh in on the path ahead. Take the survey.
Food as Medicine
Is Catching Fire

According to a feature which aired last night on the PBS NewsHour, more and more doctors across the country are prescribing healthy food, and more and more hospitals are building teaching kitchens for those doctors, in an effort to slow the rise of chronic diseases which are killing people and taxing the health care system.

The numbers are staggering. Half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are linked to poor diets, which adds up to 1,000 deaths across the country every day.

Traditionally, when patients come into the exam room with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, their doctor may give them “one prescription for their blood pressure, one prescription for their diabetes, [and] one prescription for their cholesterol, when, in reality, if you work on the underlying root problem, which may be poor diet and physical inactivity … fixing those can address all of the concerns at once,” according to Dr. Helen Delichatsios, a primary care physician quoted in the story.

In fact, a major study on diabetes prevention by the National Institutes of Health found that when people change their diet to lose weight and become more active, it can be more effective than medication in preventing the disease. Read more...

Upcoming Events
Three events THIS SATURDAY
Stamp Out Hunger
Every second Saturday in May, the nation's letter carriers team up to fight hunger, but they need your help. Fill a bag with non-perishable food items and place it by your mailbox on Saturday morning. 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!

World's Biggest Garage Sale
Get a bargain and feed a family at the same time! It's Twin Lakes Church's famous World's Biggest Garage Sale.

The big Sale is from 8am to 2pm (get there early for the best selection!). All proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank and Teen Challenge Monterey Bay. More info .
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 it on Saturday, 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!
New Website Coming Soon
Next month you'll notice a big change when you visit us at A cleaner layout, clearer organization, better functionality, and more.

Stay tuned!
Agency Spotlight
Community Connection
Community Connection is a non-profit mental health program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and a Second Harvest Partner Agency. The program supports their clients by incorporating the Recovery Model, which helps them identify potential sources of meaning in their lives as active members of the community. To achieve this, the organization offers resources such as group counseling, educational support, and job support and training. The center believes that by focusing on the individual rather than the illness, recovery becomes possible. Engaging in self-discovery and meaningful activities allows clients to enhance their wellness.

And their staff know that one of the most important ways to enhance wellness is through proper nutrition. That’s why every week, they come down to the Food Bank to shop for food for their programs . Read more...

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Food For Children Spring Match
Our Food For Children program, winner of the Congressional Victory Against Hunger Award, takes an integrated approach to fighting hunger and advocating for a healthy lifestyle.

Now, with a $50,000 matching donation from a local family, you have an opportunity to make your gift go twice as far.

Every $1 donated equals 8 healthy meals when you give before July 31.

Just visit or talk to Clyde at 831-722-7110, ext. 210.

(Each dollar matched up to $50,000.)
Recent Events
Volunteer Appreciation Reception
We threw a reception on cinco de mayo for the many generous people who volunteer for Second Harvest. They help us feed 55,000 people each month--we literally couldn't do it without them.

Have you thought about volunteering for Second Harvest? Just contact Bly ( or 831-722-7110 ext. 205) to find out how!
New in the Food Bank Cookbook