About the Holiday Food & Fund Drive

What we do:

We uplift and support the work of the Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB) of Santa Cruz, because they provide needed healthy meals to the members of our UCSC community. The SHFB partners with UCSC by:

  • Distributing food to the larger Santa Cruz community, where employees and students can drop in to get what they need.
  • Providing food to various non-transactional cafes and choice-based pantries around the campus.
    • In 2020, SHFB gave UCSC 120,000+ pounds of food!
  • Helping students successfully navigate the CalFresh application process.
    • In 2019, SHFB partnership increased the success rate from 50% to 82%, for 247 approvals!
  • Partnering in research with the Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance.

How we do it:

Each winter, we organize and run the UCSC contribution to SHFB's Holiday Food & Fund Drive.

  • UCSC's efforts raise thousands of dollars each year.
  • For every $1,100 raised, SHFB can purchase enough food to feed a family of four people for a full year!
  • Let us know if you want to help organize, donate, or spread the word!

All year round, we have service volunteers who are willing to come into your department to:

  • Educate about the food needs of the UCSC community, and how SHFB helps.
  • Facilitate a volunteer experience for your team, where they will participate in food preparation or distribution.
  • Promote the following year's Holiday Food & Fund Drive.
  • Help individuals navigate the online giving process.


Check out this video to learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank: