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Spring into volunteering!

It's nearly May, and that means the USPS letter carriers' Stamp Out Hunger food donation event is coming up.

On May 13, county residents will donate food for Second Harvest by filling a bag with non-perishables foods and leaving it by their mailbox. The letter carriers will bring them to local post offices, and that's where we need your help! We need volunteers to offload the food donations and prepare them for our trucks to bring back to Second Harvest.

Can you help out at one of these post offices on May 13?

Scotts Valley, 3:30-5:30pm
Santa Cruz (Main), 3-5:30pm
Aptos, 3-5:30pm
Watsonville, 3-4pm

You can read more about Stamp Out Hunger and other upcoming events below.

To volunteer for Stamp Out Hunger, our ongoing Saturday food sorts, or any other opportunities, please contact Bly or click the button below.  

With gratitude,

Bly
We love our volunteers! (And potatoes--last year we distributed nearly 1 million pounds of the tasty tubers!)
We love our volunteers! And we also love potatoes! Last year we distributed nearly one million pounds of the tasty tubers.
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!
 
Volunteer Spotlight
Laura Perez
When Laura Perez volunteers at Second Harvest, she brings back-up whenever she can—her three kids.

“I volunteer [at the Food Bank] because it makes me happy to be part of a team that helps others,” Laura says. And by bringing her kids along to help, they’re learning a lot about community and helping others.

“The first time Santiago [nine years old] was going to the Food Bank he wasn’t too excited,” Laura remembers, “but once he was there he was happy and proud to have a job,” tearing down boxes that donated food arrives in. “He also likes meeting other kids.”

Laura has been volunteering for over a year. A single mom of three, she knows what it’s like to struggle, but she takes comfort in knowing that Second Harvest is here, and that she can help her community.

Her older sons, Estevan (13) and Fabian (11), have both helped out on the sort line, where volunteers sort and bag produce for distribution to our programs Passion For Produce and Food For Children.

“For Estevan it was a great experience, and eye-opening,” Laura says. “He saw how much work is done at the Food Bank and how much people need help.” And Fabian “likes the feeling he gets knowing he’s helping make the [produce] bags that will be given to those in need.”

Laura brings her kids here to volunteer when they’ve all got a little time, like Spring Break, Christmas Break, and some Saturdays. Children ages 8 to 13 can volunteer at Second Harvest with an adult chaperone, and ages 14-17 just need signed permission from their legal guardian.

Second Harvest is grateful for the help of Laura and her kids, and especially happy that Laura is passing on the importance—and the joys—of volunteering to the next generation.
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!

YouTube promo | More info at USPS.
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!
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
What would you like to see in the Volunteer Voice? Please send your feedback and suggestions to bly@thefoodbank.org.